Once a thriving fishing village with a lively history of smuggling and contraband (one notorious smuggler is buried in the local graveyard), the sheltered beach that served as a significant landing place is now a vibrant and cosmopolitan haunt for hilodaymakers and water sports enthusiasts. There are a number of clubs and local activities open to visitors. The internationally important Forvie National Nature Reserve borders the village to the south. Renowned for its colony of Eider ducks as well as numerous resident and visiting bird life; it attracts ornithologists and bird enthusiasts from around the world. The nearby Ythan estuary is also an important conservation area and a beautiful place to enjoy a quiet walk. There are a number of famous golf courses close by, including Cruden Bay, Royal Aberdeen and the new Donald Trump golf course, just a short drive away. For history enthusiasts the castle trail is very popular, with 13 historic castles to explore. In nearby Speyside there are numerous famous distilleries on the malt whisky trail. For outdoor enthusiasts the Lecht ski centre and the Nordic ski centre are both within easy reach. Fishing, horse riding, cycling, hill and forest walking are all enjoyed locally. Just 15 miles away is Aberdeen, with its sparkling granite skyline. It offers a superb range of fantastic first class restuarants and bars, together with theatres, cinemas, museums and places of interest, and of course shops galore. The beach leisure facilities are also popular with visitors of all ages.