Bullers of Buchan

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Bullers of Buchan
Bullers of Buchan
Bullers of Buchan is located in Aberdeenshire
Bullers of Buchan
Bullers of Buchan
Location within Aberdeenshire
OS grid referenceNK108380
Council area
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtAB42
Dialling code01779
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57°25′59″N 1°49′16″W / 57.433°N 1.821°W / 57.433; -1.821Coordinates: 57°25′59″N 1°49′16″W / 57.433°N 1.821°W / 57.433; -1.821

The name Bullers of Buchan refers both to a collapsed sea cave and to the adjacent village, situated about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Peterhead in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The Bullers of Buchan Stone: Stone lifting enthusiasts can now enjoy the choice of lifting a 110kg or 58.6kg stone near the Bullers of Buchan. [1] [2]


The collapsed sea cave forms an almost circular chasm (the "pot") some 30 metres (98 ft) deep, where the sea rushes in through a natural archway.


The small hamlet of cottages here is also known by the same name, and was historically a fishing village launching small boats from the bay below (the slipway may still be seen at low tide).


The cliffs at the Bullers provide a nesting site in spring for colonies of seabirds, including kittiwakes, puffins, fulmars, shags, razorbills and guillemots along with herring gulls and great black-backed gulls. Eider ducks may also be seen here, and gannets are frequently seen passing en route to their colonies north at Troup Head and south at the Bass Rock. Grey seals may be seen in the bay, and dolphins are often seen passing by offshore.


The area is a popular sightseeing spot, with a car park but no tourist facilities. Access is via the A975 road, which is served by a regular bus service between Peterhead and Aberdeen.[3]

The Bullers of Buchan lie on the Buchan coastal footpath, leading south to Slains Castle, Cruden Bay and Whinnyfold, and north to the Longhaven wildlife reserve.


Engraving of the Bullers of Buchan (sea prospect), 1755
Engraving of the natural harbour at Bullers of Buchan, 1755

The name "Bullers" has been thought to be derived from the French "bouillir", meaning "to boil", as the water in the pot appears to boil during stormy weather, but another explanation says that the word is a Scots word meaning "rushing of water",[4] relating to the sound made by the waves crashing in through the archway opening into the pot, perhaps.


The local area is rich with prehistory and historical features. Somewhat inland are a number of prehistoric monuments including Catto Long Barrow,[5] Silver Cairn and numerous tumuli. In that same vicinity of the Laeca Burn watershed is the point d'appui of historic battles between invading Danes and indigenous Picts.

The Bullers of Buchan were cited in historical literature as early as the 18th century, most notably by the literary journalist James Boswell.[6]

The Great North of Scotland Railway opened a halt at Bullers O'Buchan in 1900 to serve the needs of visitors to the site. The station closed in 1932.

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  1. ^ "57°26'05.6"N 1°49'15.4"W · Aberdeenshire, UK". 57°26'05.6"N 1°49'15.4"W · Aberdeenshire, UK. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  2. ^ Bullers of Buchan stone (110kg/243lbs/17st) to shoulder: natural stone lifting in Scotland, retrieved 20 March 2022
  3. ^ Aberdeenshire Council public transport information Archived 2010-02-11 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ SND: Buller Archived March 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ C. Michael Hogan, 2008
  6. ^ James Boswell, 1774


  • C. Michael Hogan (2008) Catto Long Barrow fieldnotes, The Modern Antiquarian
  • James Boswell, Frederick Albert Pottle, Charles Hodges Bennett, Ralph Heyward Isham () Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D, republished by The Viking Press, 1936, 435 pages

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