Peterhead Travel Guide

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Peterhead Things to Do

  • The Art Work in the Archways

    Little archways and closes link Threadneddle Street to the pedestrian precinct of Drummers Corner in the town. It is here you will find interesting and unusual art work displayed on pinkish brick alongside the old stone walls. The wrought iron designed, created by Gray's School of Art Students in Aberdeen, depict the towns long history and...

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  • Roanheads the Original Peterhead

    Peterheads found its origins back in the eighteenth century when it formed the close knit community of Roanheads. This area located adjacent to the busy fishing harbour area and has little changed with time. It is my most favourite part of Peterhead featuring narrow little streets, with its nooks and crannies, white washed cottages sitting along...

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  • The Little Village of Buchanhaven

    Buchanhaven used to be a separate village one mile north of Peterhead. Today it still retains its own character and remains a small fishing community with its independant local shops, local school and little fishing boats which fish mainly just offshore for lobster and crabs. It sits at the mouth of the river Ugie and prospered with the salmon...

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  • The Fishing Port

    Peterhead is Aberdeenshire's biggest town and saw its beginnings as a small fishing town in the early eighteenth century. Today it is one of Europes biggest fishing port with up to twelve vessels bringing in a catch of white fish daily with boxes numbering 3,000 and above on good fishing days. Although the boats are much larger and the ice house,...

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  • Enjoy the Fresh Sea Air at Boddam

    The Boddam bridge that never happened was meant to link the shingle shore to the lighthouse but was never completed. It is now known as the Boddam lum a Scottish word for chimney. There is little or no beach here in a place I refer to often as Boddam & Gomorrah but you can take a nice coastal walk behind the fish factories along a single path to...

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  • Highland Cows not quite in the Highlands

    There is not a lot about Peterhead on VT but someone once wrote that the best thing about the town was the way out via the by pass road. At that time I would have agreed but on looking a little closer I did discover while going to the supermarket something special on the bypass road. A little herd of five very young highland cattle awaited us with...

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  • The United Kingdom's most eastern point

    The Buchan Ness lighthouse stands at the most eastern point in the United Kingdom guarding shipping from the rocky coast. Designed by the Scottish Engineer, Robert Stevenson it was built in 1827. The distinctive red band was added in 1907. The lighthouse was automated in 1988 at this time the lighthouse keepers' cottage was sold, I remember too...

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  • Watch the big & little boats at the...

    Peterhead Lido was in the past a popular place to holiday in a caravan. When this type of holiday went into decline the town planners revamped the South Bay by creating a marina with a nearby childrens' play park. You can park in the large car park at the top or walk or indeed drive down the little road which leads to the Marina. It doesn't matter...

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  • Peterhead Maritime & Heritage Centre

    The Peterhead Maritime and Heritage Centre is a good place to go to learn of the towns past its present and its future. Most of the multi sensory exhibits focus on the fishing industry and the oil industry, two very important industries which keep the town alive. We booked a guided tour and talk with the Centre's Guide for our school children and...

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    The Happy Plant gift shop and garden centre is one of my favourite shops for buying plants throughout the year. It has a nice restaurant favouring local food such as tray bakes, scones and traditional Scottish Fayre dishes which are both healthy and wholesome.

    What to buy: They have a very good gardening section which provides plants which can sustain the sea salt of the North Sea. The shop is transformed into a Christmas Grotto between late October till mid December this is my favourite time to visit.

    What to pay: Prices vary along with items offered - plants and shrubs are reasonably priced although the life size reindeer were a trifle dear but take heart they were reduced to by one hundred pounds because one of the antlers was broken

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Peterhead Local Customs

  • 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...

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  • The Fishing Fleet Returns Home for...

    For a few days just before Christmas the fishing fleet returns to her home port of Peterhead. It is at this special time the boats are decorated and lit up with Christmas Fairy Lights. As I wrote in another tip the only day they don't sail apart from a Friday is Christmas Day. I was away from home at Christmas this year but managed to catch the...

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  • The Bonnie Ship the Diamond

    The Diamond was a whaling ship in the early 19th. century her home port was Peterhead. She sailed on many a voyage to the south of Greenland. The whaling fleet was large at that time and the whales were hunted to extinction, ships were forced to travel further into more hostile seas. This saw the Diamond hunting for whales further north west in the...

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