Named after the Fraser family who settled here in 1504, Fraserburgh lies in the far north-east of Aberdeenshire. It is home to one of the largest shellfishing fleets in Europe and a lifeboat service that has been in operation since 1858. Dominating the coastline is a centuries-old lighthouse that originated as a castle.
Things to do in Fraserburgh
Dominating the coastline is the Museum Of Scottish Lighthouses where you’ll find maritime objects from across the country. It occupies Kinnaird Head Lighthouse, which was originally built in the 16th century as a castle before being transformed into a lighthouse in 1787. Learn about the lighthouse keepers who have lived here throughout the years and climb the spiral staircase to gaze out across the North Sea.
Stretching south-east of the town centre is Fraserburgh Beach, a golden expanse of sand that extends to the mouth of the Moray Firth. In the summer months, you can refresh with a swim or simply enjoy a long walk while keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins playing offshore. Backing the beach is a dune system with salt marshes and reed beds that provide a habitat for wading bird species.
Nestled behind the dunes is the Fraserburgh Golf Club, which is home to one of the finest links courses in the country. While golf has been played in Fraserburgh since at least the early 17th century, the Fraserburgh Golf Club was founded in 1777. In addition to the 18-hole Corbie Hill Course, you can test your skills on the 9-hole Rosehill Course.
Getting around Fraserburgh
Fraserburgh is just under an hour’s drive from Aberdeen and Aberdeen International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Regular buses connect to Fraserburgh and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.