Discover how geological and geomorphological processes formed the landscapes of this corner of Scotland over many millions of years.
This booklet explores the area that extends northeast from the Cairngorms and is bounded by the Moray Firth and the North Sea. It takes in the heather-clad mountains above Royal Deeside and a swathe of more remote, rolling hills and glens to the north. Gentle farmland covers much of Buchan.
The land ends abruptly at a coastline of sheer rocky cliffs, steep slopes, wide sand dunes and beaches. Several fishing villages shelter from the harsh seas in a series of rocky coves.
See a geological map of Northeast Scotland, and learn about the 600 million years of geological history that shaped these landscapes.