Peterhead in Aberdeenshire
Known to many as the 'Bloo Toon', Peterhead sits on the northerly coast of Aberdeenshire. Once the largest private white fishing port in Britain, it now has a decimated fishing fleet in the harbour due to EEC quota restrictions imposed to protect fish stocks. Much of the town's wealth depended on fishing and it's fair to say that Peterhead is currently in decline. There are boarded up and empty shops in the high street, fewer people out and about and a definite air of depression about the place. However, the people of the north east have experienced growth and decline before; many of the town's large granite homes were built at the turn of the century on money made from herring fishing and whaling. No doubt new investment in new industries will bring about a much needed change. There is talk of extensions to the St. Fergus Gas Plant a few miles north of Peterhead.
Located on the coast as it is, there is an extensive harbour that's definitely worth a visit. The South Bay now offers services to oil companies and the offshore industry. The sight of an oil platform moored in the bay is not uncommon. To the south of the bay is Peterhead's famous high security prison which may also be facing closure. Who knows, perhaps they'll turn it into a visitor attraction like Alcatraz?
Peterhead Lido in the South Bay, with beach, caravan park, Maritime Heritage Centre and Marina
If you want to find out more about the area, a museum above the public library has a small collection of local exhibits. There is also the new Maritime Heritage Centre. Peterhead's culture has been strongly influenced in the past by fishing and church. The two probably go hand in hand because fishing is a dangerous occupation with frequent loss of life. It used to be a town where wealth was displayed in Royal Doulton figurines, large Volvo cars, over-dressed children and Sunday hats. Nowadays, it has more charity shops than most places.
There is a very nice walk along the promenade at the beach beside the golf course, in Buchanhaven, where the Ugie River runs into the sea. The sands here are golden and clean like many in Grampian.
The old fishermen's cottages at Roanheads, clustered together, with their low ceilings and doors, narrow alleys are as charming as any you will find. This is a town with a long and interesting fishing history. You will discover a story with many avenues and the best bit is that you can ask the locals for their tales and enjoy history coming to life in the Doric dialect.
Peterhead Harbour with a view of the Ice Company and fishing boats
Whilst you're visiting, you may want to stop for a bite to eat. Simpson's Tea Rooms in Broad Street are excellent for a light lunch or morning or afternoon tea. The long-established Palace Hotel in Prince Street serves bar lunches and dinners in pleasant surroundings.
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Self-catering holidays in Royal Deeside, Scotland
Sleeps 2-6: Book a stay at Stranduff Lodge Croft in Royal Deeside and combine a visit to Peterhead with your holiday in Deeside. Accommodating up to 8 people, this fine stone-built cottage has 4 bedrooms and is situated just outside of Kincardine O’Neil in large generous gardens of around half an acre, through which a stream flows. From this holiday cottage you can look out towards Lochnagar on a fine day and there are plenty of good walks nearby.
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Self-catering log cabin holidays in Dinnet, Royal Deeside, Scotland
If you are looking to stay in the Cairngorms National Park and visit the fishing port of Peterhead on a day out then a stay in a wooden lodge at Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges could be perfect for you. This is a collection of comfortable wooden lodges situated in the heart of Royal Deeside close to the rural village of Dinnet. Each holiday lodge has 2 bedrooms and can sleep up to 4 people. With a lovely location next to a nature reserve, there are some wonderful walks nearby including lochside walks and all around you is the outstanding scenery of the Cairngorms National Park.
This is a paradise for those who enjoy outdoor activities as you can enjoy walking, wildlife watching, fishing, mountain climbing and cycling within the Cairngorms. It’s even possible to enjoy skiing in season.
These good quality lodges are ideal for exploring the highlights of Royal Deeside and are around 65 miles from Peterhead.