A day out, walking along the Fraserburgh coast-line.
Park at Fraserburgh’s award-winning beach and walk along the prom – sea views with dolphin-spotting and we’ve only just started!
The harbour haven
Pass by the caravan park and then turn right at Young’s Seafood Building. Take the next left and walk through the harbour buildings until you find William Bruce’s accidental art work – created by years of brush cleaning on the wall – amazing. You will see a variety of boats in dry dock ready for painting or maybe actually being painted.
Then, on to the pier to enjoy the many multi-coloured fishing boats of northeast Scotland. You will find some great locals to chat to as well! Some of the biggest pelagic fishing vessels in Europe are owned and berthed here in Fraserburgh, producing some of the finest seafood in the country. Why not try some at a local restaurant or have a fish supper at one of our fish and chip shops while you’re here?
Further along the harbour, you’ll come across the new lifeboat shed where our real-life local hero hangs out. Fraserburgh’s RNLI lifeboat station is the oldest in Scotland, founded in 1858, and RNLI Fraserburgh has been given 16 awards for gallantry. The three major lifeboat disasters are commemorated by a life-size bronze statue dedicated to the thirteen men who lost their lives.
You say headland, we say heidland
Follow the harbour, keeping to the coast, and you’ll get onto a path that leads you to the headland known as Kinnaird Head. The first building you’ll encounter is the oldest building in Fraserburgh known as the Wine Tower. The Wine Tower is shrouded in mystery with local scholars divided as to its purpose. Legend has it that the building is haunted by the ghost of a piper who had fallen in love with the daughter of the laird. The Wine Tower still houses some of the finest 16th century heraldic carving in the Scotland.
Follow the path past the castle coo (Foghorn) and Kinnaird Head Castle and Lighthouse, the first lighthouse on mainland Scotland. The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is also there – the only dedicated Lighthouse Museum in the country. Have a cup of tea or a spot of lunch in the Museum’s Tearoom and then go next door to The Fraserburgh Heritage Centre which houses a fantastic collection of local artefacts.
Continue walking along the coast to the small fishing village of Broadsea (pronounced Braidsea).
Retrace your steps or why not return to the beach through the town centre, visiting the local laird’s mausoleum, the old mercat cross in the town square and then head back down to the harbour and the beach. Local street maps are available either at the Lighthouse Museum or online.
Above all, we hope you enjoy your day out.
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