In the year 2000
Lunan Bay was voted the best beach in Scotland, and it has been attracting visitors
since marauding Vikings landed here in 1010 as they headed to sack Dundee before
being turned back by King Malcolm II.
Visitors these days tend to be a bit
more genteel, as they take in the natural beauty of the area, or indulge in horse
riding or the other popular beach activities here.
There are other
natural wonders here however, as Lunan Bay is a fantastic place to indulge in
a bit of birdwatching. The beach is noted for Great Grey Shrikes and Red-backed
Shrikes throughout the summer months. Other birds which have been spotted here
include Scoters, Rough-legged Buzzards and Hoopoes, unusual this far north.
other notable natural feature of Lunan Bay, is one that may make your walk one
of value, as the beach is well-known for its semi-precious stones and agates.
The best timeto look for them is on the sand after a storm, although they can
be hard to spot amongst the quartz and other pebbles on the beach.