Buchan Braes Hotel
Buchan Braes, Boddam, Peterhead, AB42 3AR, United Kingdom
More about Peterhead
St. Fergus in the distance
Upturned Fishing Boats
The Old Pier at Buchanhaven
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Why Peterhead is called the Blue Toon
Peterhead got its unusual name of The Blue Toon not because, as I have alway thought, that it is always frigidly cold here, but from the woollen stockings fishermen used to wear in the old days. These stockings or socks bore a special set pattern and were hand knitted using course blue wool. The pattern was unique to the town's fisherfolk to identifiy drowned fishermen and trace them back to their roots. This custom led to people from Peterhead being called Bloomogganners, although sometimes today they are known simply as Blue Tooners.
The Fisherwife & Her Quine
The Fisher Jessie sculpture arrived in the town on 30th. April 2001. The statue was made by a Glasgow firm - Scott Associates Sculpture and Design. The fisherwife was named by local man Peter Buchan after his Great Great Grandmother Jessie Buchan who was know as Fisher Jessie. These woman had a hard life travelling around the rural farms, weighed down by a large fish creel carried on the back. In her hand she carried a basket to take home the farm produce she traded her fish for. The sculpture includes her little girl (her quine) which I find very endearing and heart rendering. See how the child looks up pleadingly to be carried while she lays a hand on the child's head in consolation. This custom of trade between agriculture and fishing continued up until the 1950's.
We have visited Peterhead several times on our jouneys to NE Scotland. each time we have been determined to find something positive about the town - and failed. Perhaps a fellow VT'er had the right idea when he said the best part of the town was the road out and he lives there!
A bit harsh maybe, as any town on the sea must have something in the way of views to offer - well we didn't find them in town.
"Out of town"
Just out of town is a fairly nice looking camping and caravan park. The Maritime Heritage centre is here too (Must have a look one day) and also a newish marina
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