Coordinates: 57°01′16″N 2°09′40″W / 57.021°N 2.161°W / 57.021; -2.161

Map showing Muchalls on the east coast of Scotland
Map showing Muchalls on the east coast of Scotland

 Muchalls shown within Aberdeenshire
Population 500 (approx)
OS grid reference NO902922
    - Edinburgh 115 mi (185 km)  SSW
    - London 510 mi (820 km)  SSE
Council area Aberdeenshire
Lieutenancy area Aberdeenshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district AB39
Dialling code 01569
Police Grampian
Fire Grampian
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Scottish Parliament West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
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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] considered the father of Japanese lighthouses.



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.[5] 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.[6] 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.


  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
  5. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Causey Mounth, Megalithic Portal, ed. by A. Burnham, Nov 3, 2007
  6. ^ Watt, Archibald, Highways and Byways around Kincardineshire, Stonehaven Heritage Society (1985)

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Coordinates: 57°01′N 2°10′W / 57.017°N 2.167°W / 57.017; -2.167

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