Sandend, dating back to the 1600s, is one of the earliest fishing communities on The Banffshire Coast with cottages clustered around the small 19th century harbour. One of the first written records of the village notes that the inhabitants were rebuked by the Kirk Session for baiting their lines on a Sunday – a sin indeed!
Despite its relatively small stature, Sandend is a magnet for surfers who travel from all over the country to ride the waves that crash onto the long, sandy beach which, unsurprisingly, gave the village its name. The waves here are regarded as being among the best waves in the country – surfers often say it’s like Cornwall without the crowds.
Besides the fantastic swell, visitors to the beach will find the remains of anti-tank positions and pill box defences which were built during World War II to protect the area against German invasion.
A visit to nearby Glenglassaugh Distillery, which is now back in production after lying dormant for over two decades, is sure to provide some warmth after a dip in the sea. Distillery staff have a vast knowledge of the whisky industry and conduct tours, sharing the secrets of how this fantastic local dram is produced. It’s possible to buy the single malt Scotch whisky at the distillery visitor centre.