How to spend the day in St Cyrus: The top 5 attractions
The village of St Cyrus is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets, tucked away in southeast Aberdeenshire. Situated on the North Sea Coast between the small villages of Morphie and Johnshaven, and just six miles north of Montrose, this location is very much sought after by daydreaming homeowners and holidaymakers alike.
St Cyrus National Nature Reserve
Whether your interests are birds, plants, fish, travelling or animals, the National Nature Reserve in St Cyrus has something for you.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you come as every season brings new opportunities to view different species of plants and animals. In the summer months, St Cyrus welcomes butterflies, moths and clusters of intense purple bellflowers, along with the peregrine falcon circling in the sky. This is definitely a walk worth going on!
The Ice House
The Ice House was originally built in the 18th century, during the thriving salmon fishing period, for storing ice underground. Now totally refurbished inside and solely used for comfort and luxury, this house is available for short stays in the tranquil, peaceful and unique getaway.
Not to mention it has made quite an impression, having been listed on the Sunday Times 100 Best Holidays list and Conde Nast Traveller magazine’s ‘10 Scottish Luxury Retreats’.
St Cyrus Beach
Fancy some fresh sea air? Running for three miles from St Cyrus to the edge of the North Esk River, the local beach offers the opportunity to take a walk and admire the juxtaposition of sharp cliff edges and tall sand dunes– you won’t be disappointed.
Offering breathtaking views of the North Sea, Ecclesgreig Castle is set in beautiful gardens which are worth a wander round on a sunny day. The castle itself is grand, regal and completed with enchanting turrets – and is believed to be the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's Dracula.
However, if you prefer your days out a bit less gothic, there is also the opportunity to do some clay pigeon shooting and paintballing.
Den Finella waterfall
Named for Finella, 'Queen' of the Pictish Maermors, the Den Finella waterfall, roughly one mile north of St Cyrus, stands at about 75ft high.
The story goes that Finella was fleeing the army, having murdered King Kenneth II, and jumped into the waterfall to escape.
If you do visit the waterfall, it is worth noting that the nearby driveway is private property. If you are driving, park your car further along the road.
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