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Muchalls, Scotland.jpg
Map showing Muchalls on the east coast of Scotland
Map showing Muchalls on the east coast of Scotland
Location within Aberdeenshire
Population500 (approx)
OS grid referenceNO902922
• Edinburgh115 mi (185 km) SSW
• London510 mi (820 km) SSE
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtAB39
Dialling code01569
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
57°01′16″N 2°09′40″W / 57.021°N 2.161°W / 57.021; -2.161Coordinates: 57°01′16″N 2°09′40″W / 57.021°N 2.161°W / 57.021; -2.161

Muchalls is a small coastal ex-fishing village in Kincardineshire, Scotland, south of Newtonhill and north of Stonehaven.[1][2] Muchalls is situated slightly north of a smaller hamlet known as the Bridge of Muchalls. At the western edge of Muchalls is the historic Saint Ternan's Church. The rugged North Sea coastline near Muchalls features numerous cliffs, sea stacks and headlands, not infrequently in haar. The Grim Brigs headland is situated at Muchalls southern edge and Doonie Point headland is approximately 1.5 kilometres south.

Charles Dickens visited Muchalls in its heyday as a Victorian resort and declared that Muchalls was a remarkably beautiful place. Footage was recorded in Muchalls for the 1990 film Hamlet.[3] Muchalls is the birthplace of Richard Henry Brunton,[4] the father of Japanese lighthouses.

Between 1849 and 1950 the village was served by the Muchalls Railway Station, on the Aberdeen Railway[5] the location of which can be estimated by its proximity to the Muchalls Peace Sign.


Muchalls is situated slightly to the east of the ancient Causey Mounth trackway, which was constructed on high ground to make passable this only available medieval route from coastal points south from Stonehaven to Aberdeen. This ancient passage specifically connected the River Dee crossing (where the present Bridge of Dee is situated) via Gillybrands, Muchalls Castle and Stonehaven to the south.[6] The route was that taken by William Keith, 7th Earl Marischal and the Marquess of Montrose when they led a Covenanter army of 9000 men in the battle of the Civil War in 1639.[7] From Muchalls Castle to the sea is a secret cave about one mile long which smugglers once used. The cave is said to be haunted by the green lady. The cave has been boarded up at the castle end and at the sea and (near the bridge of Muchalls) it has collapsed just below the railway line.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Muchalls. Gazetteer for Scotland.
  2. ^ Muchalls. History. Gazetteer for Scotland.
  3. ^ Where did they film that?
  4. ^ Centenary memorial service for Richard Henry Brunton Archived 2007-09-14 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Contributors, Ewan Crawford, John Furnevel,. "RAILSCOT | Muchalls". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  6. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Causey Mounth, Megalithic Portal, ed. by A. Burnham, Nov 3, 2007
  7. ^ Watt, Archibald, Highways and Byways around Kincardineshire, Stonehaven Heritage Society (1985)

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