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Exploring Cruden Bay: A Golfer’s Paradise and Beyond

Hey there, fellow golf travel enthusiasts! Picture this: a serene coastal town in Scotland, where history, natural beauty, and world-class golfing converge. I recently had the pleasure to travel to Cruden Bay to get reference photos for the owners of Dunes at Cruden Bay. (Click here to read about my recommendations on where to stay!). Join me as we delve into the captivating history of Cruden Bay, tee off at the historical and quirky Cruden Bay golf course, explore the iconic Slains Castle, and bask in the exceptional amenities offered by the Dunes at Cruden Bay.



Cruden Bay: A Historical Gem

Cruden Bay is one of those places that oozes history from every nook and cranny. This traditional Scottish coastal town will transport you back in time with its charming village center and warm hospitality. You’ll want to take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets, and don’t forget to swing by the local shop, stocked with fresh groceries and local goodies. If you need a wider range of supplies, no worries—the Ellon Tesco is conveniently located nearby. Every history lover should visit the Golf Museum located near the first tee.


Cruden Bay Golf Club: A Golfer’s Haven

Calling all golf enthusiasts! Cruden Bay Golf Club is the place to be, and trust me, it lives up to the quirky hype. This internationally acclaimed golfing destination boasts an exceptional course with jaw-dropping coastal views that will make your heart skip a beat. As a guest at the Dunes at Cruden Bay, you’ll have direct access to this gem of an 18-hole golf course, along with a 9-hole course, putting green, and driving range. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, Cruden Bay offers an unforgettable golfing experience. Oh, and guess what? You can enjoy the 9-hole course, practice facilities, and the inviting clubhouse for a guest rate. Need clubs? No sweat—the Pro Shop can hook you up.


Beyond Golf: Exploring Cruden Bay’s Charms

Beyond Golf: Exploring Cruden Bay’s Charms Now, let’s talk about what to do when you’re not swinging those clubs. Cruden Bay is a haven for nature lovers and history buffs alike. The pristine sandy beach and picturesque harbor are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Dunes at Cruden Bay. Soak up the sun, take a leisurely stroll, or simply revel in the coastal beauty that surrounds you. And here’s a cool fact: the legendary Slains Castle, which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, is a short walk from the village. Immerse yourself in the eerie atmosphere of the castle ruins and let your imagination run wild.


Your Oasis at the Dunes at Cruden Bay

Now, let’s talk about the cherry on top—the Dunes at Cruden Bay. This place is pure magic. With its beautifully appointed bedrooms, including ensuite bathrooms, this vacation rental can accommodate a group up to 10. Talk about comfort and luxury! The ground floor bedrooms make it a breeze for folks of all ages to enjoy their stay. Watch the video below to see JUST how close the house is to the golf course. Absolutely convenient. Read more about our stay here.


Culinary Delights and Dining Recommendations

Now, let’s talk about one of my favorite topics—food! While you have the option of arranging private dining at the Dunes at Cruden Bay, all you golfers and your party can feast at the Cruden Bay Golf Club’s restaurant and bar throughout your stay. Indulge in mouthwatering dishes and refreshing beverages, all while soaking in the inviting atmosphere of the clubhouse. We were all impressed with the food, and were sure to return, finding our favorite deserts quickly. Read more about our experience here.

Non-golfing folks, fear not! The Kilmarnock Arms, a local pub and fine dining restaurant, is another great spot in the village. Make sure to call ahead and secure a table for a memorable dining experience.


Cruden Bay and the Dunes at Cruden Bay are a match made in heaven for golf aficionados, nature lovers, and history enthusiasts alike. From the world-class golf courses and breathtaking landscapes to the mysterious ruins of Slains Castle, this Scottish gem has something for everyone. So, pack your clubs, soak in the history, and let the Dunes at Cruden Bay be your home away from home. Get ready for an adventure you’ll cherish forever.

Want to see the final painting?

As I’m back in the studio, I can’t wait to start putting paint on canvas for this special Cruden Bay piece. Follow along on Instagram to see the progress!

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