Sunday, 26 June 2011

Fraserburgh on Scotland’s northeastern coast .

48.9 Miles. Now at Smithy Croft CL site at Boyndlie, Fraserburgh

It was with some sadness on leaving Findochty this morning as we had enjoyed the place so much. Being tucked away on the East Coast, away from the usual tourist routes this village and others along this coast are a real treasure trove of an unspoilt Scotland. We would recommend visiting this area to anybody venturing this way.

Dis-used railway bridge across Cullen, Aberdeenshire.Dis-used railway bridge across Cullen, Aberdeenshire.

Macduff harbour light.Macduff harbour light.

Only being an hours travel to our next camp site we carried onto Fraserburgh (pronounced Fraserborough) where there is a lighthouse museum and Fraserburgh Heritage Centre. We visited the latter as they were having a fund raising open day. This covered the history of the town in detail from the industries, fishing, food processing, barrel making, light engineering, transportation, horse drawn, railways, and todays heavy haulage to famous people born in the town that made a name for themselves all over the world. Fishing is still a major industry here along with frozen food factories processing the catches.

Macduff harbour. The locals must enjoy sitting out watching the boats.Macduff Harbour. Notice the seating, the locals must enjoy sitting out watching the boats.


Herrings have been a large influence in the town for over 100 years. During the Herring season families would travel north to gut, salt and pack the herrings in barrels for export to Russia and Europe. They would follow the fish as they migrated all the way down the coast as far as Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft where the fishing season ended. They would then return home to work in the local fishing industry until the next season.

Fraserburgh lighthouse museum. Kinnaird castle was the first light house in 1787. This tower built 1824.Fraserburgh lighthouse museum. Kinnaird castle was the first light house in 1787. This tower built 1824.

The Wine tower. Fraserburgh's oldest building.The Wine tower. Fraserburgh's oldest building.

Despite being an insignificant town on the Scottish coast didn’t save it from being dragged into the bombings of WWII. It appears that the Germans had got wind of the towns war efforts in keeping the troops and the general population fed with processed dried foods and producing engine parts for the Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft engines that the town took quite a pasting but never the less kept going.

Fraserburgh fog horn in service from 1903 until 1987. Had a range of 12 miles.Fraserburgh fog horn in service from 1903 until 1987. Had a range of 12 miles.

Being one of the biggest towns along this coast and possible due to the industrial nature of the place it struck as drab compared the the lovely little villages we had passed through on our way here.

A total of 3395 miles, since 5 March 2011


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