The Buchan area is a mix of flat farmland and a wonderful coastline which includes rugged cliffs like the Bullers of Buchan and long sandy beaches at Cruden Bay and from Peterhead to St Combs just east of Fraserburgh. Inland it stretches over mainly agricultural land including areas around Hatton, Mintlaw, Auchnagatt, Maud, New Pitsligo and Strichen.
Much of the Buchan coastline is important for breeding seabirds and is designated as a Special Protection Area. Puffins can be seen at the Bullers of Buchan during the breeding season in May and June and the RSPB reserve at Loch of Strathbeg is an important site for wetland birds. Whales, dolphins and seals can often be seen from the cliff tops and shore. The agricultural areas inland are one of the last refuges of the Corn Bunting; a bird that is now rare in the UK.
The Formartine and Buchan Way runs through the area and provides excellent opportunities for walking and off-road cycling. The route runs through farmland and between Maud and Mintlaw it follows the river Ugie. It is especially rewarding to walk along the Way in late June, July and August when the wild flowers are at their best. There is easy access to the Way at Auchnagatt, Maud, Mintlaw and Strichen.