Peterhead is the largest white fishing port in Europe, attracting hundreds of boats and liners to its shores every single year, and creating a brilliant display of innumerable sails and gulls framed by the immensity of its rugged shoreline. As the most easterly point in the whole of Scotland, Peterhead's views are panoramic to say the least. When you stand upon the stony outcrops, surrounded by seabirds and overlooked by brightly coloured lighthouses, you'll hasten to agree.
The settlement itself is also home to a sterling history. From the centre of a town, you can easily visit intriguing sights that harken back to this illustrious port's past as an historic whaling centre. The red brick houses upon its seafront give the sight of town warmth all of its own, even in the coldest climes of winter. For an alternative look at Scotland, you should look no further than this unique port.
An entirely separate village a mile north of Peterhead, Buchanhaven has a truly distinctive character. Home to a small fishing community which is wonderfully friendly, Buchanhaven has plenty to explore. A short stroll through the centre of the village reveals independent local shops and fishermen who everyday bring in the freshest lobster and crabs from the seas. This quaint fishing village sits at the mouth of the river Ugie, which is abundant with salmon fish. Needless to say, it's a worth a visit just for the local seafood dishes.
If you take a stroll a half-mile away from the bustling central harbour, you'll find an intriguing blend of nautical style, narrow rustic streets and white washed cottages. This is the tight knit community of Roanheads, an utterly serene coastal spot where cosy cottages and pink granite towers emerge amidst the charming jumble of its main streets. Maritime influences lie at the heart of all the architecture, giving it a unique quaint aesthetic which is not to be missed.
The Art Work in the Archways
Speaking of close-knit streets, the pedestrian precinct of Drummer Corner in the centre of Peterhead is linked via an enchanting network of old stone Archways. In these timeless passageways you can find wrought iron artwork designed by the locals, depicting the long history of Peterhead. The pieces date back to the town's seafaring days, so you gain a real sense of the local culture just by traversing these backstreets.
Shopping in Peterhead
For classic editions, head to the Camphill Bookshop, where old tomes and new releases are always on display. If it's more high fashion that you're after, then dressage of Peterhead is a fantastic place to shop. Dresses and accessories from the world's leading designers are all for the taking.
Eating out in Peterhead
The Front Room at the Palace Hotel is home to the Fish Brasserie, the finest seafood restaurant in Peterhead. Everything from smoked salmon to sautéed crayfish is cooked to perfection by world class chefs. With exceptionally dedicated waiting staff and a lovely choice of side dishes, this is the place for foodies in Peterhead.