A man was taken to hospital after jumping from a moving car which rolled more than 164ft down an embankment.
The Hyundai Veloster was left just short of the cliff edge at Slains Castle, Cruden Bay, yesterday afternoon, sparking a major response from the emergency services.
Police, lifeboat and coastguard emergency teams scrambled to the scene just after 4pm.
The car rolled down an embankment close to the ruins of the popular tourist attraction.
It eventually came to rest on rocks just yards from the cliff edge after the driver jumped from the vehicle.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said that they received the call at 4.15pm.
She said: “The driver was taken to hospital as a precaution, there was no injuries.
“It was a car that’s gone slightly off the cliff.
“It’s about 50 metres (164ft) down the embankment.
“Everybody is accounted for. We traced the owner and we’re speaking to them.”
The car was recovered from the scene at around 7.45pm.
Coastguard crews were also called to the scene. A spokeswoman said the crews remained at the scene into the evening to help control the situation.
She said crews made sure people stayed away from the scene for public safety.
An RNLI spokeswoman said: “The boat was on standby for safety cover until the car was removed.
“We were stood down about 7.45pm.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was not called out.
Peterhead South and Cruden councillor Stephen Smith said: “Slains Castle is a big draw for a large number of visitors, particularly during fine weather such as we’ve been having. But people need to be aware it can be a very dangerous place if not treated with caution.
“The cliffs around the Cruden Bay coast are spectacular but need to be treated with respect.
“Thankfully, it seems no one has been injured on this occasion but it should serve as a warning to others to exercise extreme care.”