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Bullers-Buchan, Aberdeenshire

Historical Description

BULLERS-BUCHAN, a village, in the parish of CRUDEN, district of ELLON, county of ABERDEEN; containing 91 inhabitants. This is a small fishing village, seated on the eastern coast, in the neighbourhood of the stupendous rocks of the same name, where is a circular basin about 150 feet deep, into which a boat can sail, under a long vaulted arch. The view from the sea is peculiarly striking, two hideous cliffs presenting themselves, the vault in general where most confined, is thirty or forty feet in height, and the tide rushes in tumultuously, and produces a boiling motion round the sides of the pit. "No man", observes Dr. Johnson, "can see the Buller with indifference, who has either sense of danger or delight in rarity: if I had any malice against a walking spirit, instead of laying him in the Red Sea, I would condemn him to reside in the Buller of Buchan". Above the surface of the water are several caverns of unknown extent.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis