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Forvie National Nature Reserve

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Forvie is an amazing nature reserve with a huge variety of wildlife and habitats. One of the main... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lee W
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Go and enjoy

Forvie is a bit off the beaten track, but worth making the effort to get there. You can get close... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“sand dunes”(4 reviews)
“great walk”(4 reviews)
“eider ducks”(4 reviews)
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 April 2012

I walk here at least once a week and love the peace and quiet. Which is why I'm not sure I should really be telling people how beautiful it is! Oh well. Huge sand dunes, sandy beach, mud flats, grey seal haul out, breeding terns,...More

5  Thank travel28_80
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Reviewed 7 April 2015 via mobile

Its a good walk, trails are between reserves but at every corner I saw the same view. Couldn't find any wildlife or seals there. I dont recommend a special trip with guests there. Dont go when there is har .

3  Thank Sabz110
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Forvie is an amazing nature reserve with a huge variety of wildlife and habitats. One of the main attractions is the Seal haul-out which can be found at the end of the reserve. The beach the seals are on is designated by Marine Scotland making...More

Thank Lee W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Forvie is a bit off the beaten track, but worth making the effort to get there. You can get close using public transport from Aberdeen, but your own wheels will make getting there easier. It's all free and the tracks are well marked and maintained...More

1  Thank CalumDM
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing dune landscape! Accessible by bus from Aberdeen to Newborough. Get off a New Quay. We went on a windy day but the paths behind the dunes are quite protected. Walked to the old church immersed in sand and then all the way to Collieston....More

Thank Chickaree
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

what a great place to visit to unwind. very close to road and houses but you feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere. hide overlooking the bay with interesting information boards. various walks to do with various lengths. loved it.

Thank 242corab
Reviewed 18 August 2018

This reserve covers a sizable, diverse area. In the estuary at Newburgh many (hundreds) seals (both common and grey) are hauled out on the sands in an area which is fairly accessible. From the carpark (with a low height barrier) to the south of the...More

Thank 301lisa33
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Me and young Kev spend a few hours in the hide.. Top spot were a Spoonbill 2 Ospry 25 other bird species. Great location

Thank alfie g
Reviewed 23 July 2018

A wonderful walk/experience which will appeal to every type of walker/rambler. Near to the coast and yet very near to the main thoroughfare. Would happily recommend it to any visitor, or even locals yet to discover this gem of a walk.

Thank Jack7_13
Reviewed 4 July 2018

On a glorious sunny day we walked from the Waterside car park and headed towards the beach. It was a much longer walk than we anticipated and a variety of landscapes experienced. Fields of clover with the most magnificent smell, virgin sand dunes, rough shrubland,...More

Thank kwabz
Reviewed 25 April 2018

If you drive north through Newburgh and over the bridge, just after that is a car park which gives access to the Ythan estuary and Forvie Sands. There are information boards and leaflets which you can take away. I followed the blue route south along...More

1  Thank Alastair N
Reviewed 4 February 2018

From solo walking to family walking , photographers, group walkers etc this is a beautiful part of the Scottish countryside . Take a walk to the hidden gem of Hackney bay where you can catch a glimpse of the seals ; or just relax for...More

1  Thank sharleneanderson
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Maz B
24 September 2018|
Response from _forvie_nnr |
Hi, Yes Maz, but please organise any events in line with your responsibilities under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code! At this time of year, birds have stopped nesting but still rely on sheltering on the nature reserve to... More
20 July 2018|
Response from annabeldrysdale |
Hi, yes in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, you can paddle as long as you do so responsibly, ie if you encounter birds on the loch to let them move away slowly and then obviously to not leave litter or disturb... More
15 July 2018|
Response from annabeldrysdale |
Hi, you can kayak on the Ythan, but just have to be careful once you encounter wildlife at the estuary which is protected. The birds should be allowed to disperse slowly to conserve energy and protect ducklings and young... More