Tuesday travels. . . . . Peterhead and Fraserburgh

Last year while we were staying at Stonefolds Farm Cottages we made a trip along the coast of Aberdeenshire and two of the places we visited were Peterhead and Fraserburgh.  I had remembered visiting there as a child when on holiday with my brother and sisters while my dad was working.  My mum stayed at home as she was a pharmacist and had her shop to take care of. Dad took us on holiday with the caravan while he visited the bakers in Scotland.  He worked for the Flour Advisory Bureau, after he had retired from the Air Force.

This time, when visiting Peterhead, the weather was not what you would call pleasant but it gave a seafaring atmosphere to the place.  It was a dreich day.  (Just as an aside, dreich topped the poll as the Scots’ favourite word)

harbourWe wandered around the harbour having a look and searching for the trawlers that were seen on the programme “The Trawlermen”.  We spotted some seals

sealsand as we were doing our wander, my husband met the harbour master as he was coming out of the harbour control office and started up a conversation.

officeThe harbour master invited us into the control tower to view the harbour from above and to see the latest technological gear used to monitor the movements of the shipping fleet.  It was very interesting and would have been even better if the view had been clear!

He opened up the fish market so we could see inside and explained how they were eventually going to do the fish selling by computer although at the moment it is still done like an ordinary auction.

fish marketWe were so lucky to have been given this opportunity and the people in the Port Authority gave us a bag of goodies to take with us when we left – some caps, beanies, pens and keyrings.

After wandering the harbour we had lunch at the fishermen’s cafe and that was a good solid working man’s meal. Fish, chips, mushie peas, bread and butter and a pot of tea!

We moved on to have a look around town

fisherwomanbefore heading to the  Museum of Scottish Lighthouses at Fraserburgh.

The Lighthouse Museum was well worth the visit as you get to see inside a lighthouse


plus the actual museum has the history of the design and building of the various lighthouses along with many interesting artifacts.

lighthouse museum
We had enjoyed our day in Peterhead and Fraserbugh, despite the weather.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. What a wonderful experience with the harbour master. The lighthouse museum is a place I keep meaning to visit. Dreich is a marvellous word. 🙂

    1. suth2 says:

      We were so fortunate that the harbour master was willing to show his harbour to some Australian tourists.

  2. Meg Thompson says:

    What a great day, and the weather is how it is dreich in one of it’s many forms!. Fascinating stuff,and so kind of the harbourmaster to show you around.

    1. suth2 says:

      We had such a fantastic time and James and Fiona were suitably impressed with the Scottish hospitality.

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