Peterhead and Fraserburgh Coast Guide
Peterhead and Fraserburgh lie on the north east coast of Scotland and may be reached via the A92 from Aberdeen which lies around thirty miles to the south of Peterhead. Fraserburgh lies 99 miles from Inverness via the A96/ A98. Peterhead has a mixed economy including fishing, while Fraserburgh is primarily a fishing port.
Peterhead has a fairly large fishing fleet but nowhere near as large as it used to be 30 years ago however they still land more whitefish here than anywhere in Europe. As a result of the decline in fishing the town has developed a mixed economy with several major companies located in the town mainly associated with the oil and gas industries. People visit the town and area for the harbour area and local beaches of which there are several. Cruden Bay, five miles to the south, has a long sandy beach, there are three hotels and a golf course. Overlooking the town are the dramatic cliff top ruins of Slains Castle which dates from 1597 but has seen better days!
The Aberdeenshire area has many ancient monuments including many stone circles which date back to pre-history. See the Historic Scotland website for details of heritage sites across Scotland.
Fraserburgh is largest shellfish port in Europe and also lands a considerable catch of whitefish. Other major employers are the marine services industries and tourism. Visitors come to the town and area for the harbour area and the large sandy beaches to the east and west of the town. There are many opportunities for watersports in the area including diving, surfing and fishing; bird watching is also popular and off course - golf, Scotland's favourite leisure pursuit. There are around 6 fish and chip shops in Fraserburgh - so what are you waiting for!
Kinnaird Castle dates from 1570 and was converted to a lighthouse in 1787 however an automatic light was recently fitted nearby and the lighthouse became redundant. The building now houses The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, the site overlooks the harbour.
Places to visit around the Peterhead and Fraserburgh area
Tourist Information Centre - Saltoun Square, Fraserburgh, AB43 9DA Phone: 01346 518315
Fraserburgh Heritage Centre - Museum of local life - Quarry Road, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 9DT Tel: 01346 513802
Fraserburgh Ten Pin Bowling Alley - North Links, Seaforth Street, Fraserburgh AB43 9BB - Map Tel. 01346 516663
Map of the Peterhead area
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