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Five Things to do in Peterhead - ASPC

This article looks at five things to do in and around Peterhead, for those considering purchasing or renting a home in the area.

Five Things to do in Peterhead - ASPC

With a population in excess of eight and half thousand, Peterhead is the second largest settlement in Aberdeenshire, aside from Aberdeen city itself. When you consider the stunning views and friendly culture, it’s not difficult to understand why the town is such a popular place to live. We take a look at five things to do in and around Peterhead.

Slains Castle

Sometimes known as ‘New Slains Castle’ to distinguish it from the older construction near Collieston, which it was built to replace, the impressive Slains Castle dates back to the late 16th century, when it was constructed for the 9th Earl of Errol.

The roofless ruins have been allowed to fall into disrepair, and nature now plays a significant part in the atmospheric nature of the once magnificent structure. Bram Stoker’s visit to the castle in 1895 has spawned the credible theory that it was the inspiration for his masterpiece – Dracula.

Despite its dilapidation, Slains castle has still, remarkably, retained its overall structure – the different rooms and chambers that would have served the family of Earls for over 300 years being clearly identifiable. This, coupled with the breath-taking viewpoint that it provides over the North Sea, makes Slains Castle the ideal point for inspiration (Stoker certainly seemed to think so!). If you visit do be sure to be careful though, as the high cliffs and old remains can be dangerous if not treated with caution.

Fishing Port

Peterhead is home to a thriving fishing port; its bustling daily fishing market and extensive leisure marina rank it amongst the busiest fishing ports in Europe!

A stroll down the marina always promises something different from the day before, whether it’s admiring one of the cruise ships docking in the deep water, or purchasing freshly caught fish of the highest quality from the market.

The fishing port is integral to the history of Peterhead; today the town affectionately bears the nickname of “The Blue Toon” with locals being dubbed “Blue Tooners”, in reference to the blue wool stockings originally worn by the fisherman of yore.

No trip to Peterhead is complete without soaking up the fascinating history and thriving atmosphere of the port – so make sure you take a stroll down to the harbour to see what the day has in store.

Misty Sea Angling

After experiencing the hubbub of the port, your inner fisherman might just feel the urge to get involved – which is where a Misty Sea Angling or boat trip comes in!

Leaving from Boddam harbour, take a scenic cruise of the area, while trying your skills at catching your own fresh fish, including Codling, Coley, and Mackerel (during season). The captain’s experience and expertise will ensure that you make the most of what the water has to offer.

If you’re more of a leisure lover than a fisherman, a trip on board the Heather Isle is still well worth taking. Appreciate all the area’s most beautiful scenes from the deck, including Slains Castle, Buchaness lighthouse, and Longhaven Shore.

As well as the stunning scenery, keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife. The coastline’s pink granite rocks are always full of nesting sea bird such as puffins and razorbills. If you’re lucky you might just spot dolphins, porpoises or even, occasionally, a family of whales!

Peterhead Prison Museum

Known as “Scotland’s Alcatraz”, H.M. Prison Peterhead was home to some of Scotland’s most notorious criminals for 125 years.

Established in 1888, the last prisoner left in 2013, and the site has recently reopened as a museum and part of Admiralty Gateway, giving visitors a fascinating insight into life within the prison walls.

A visit comprises a tour, which gives access to cells, recreated convict working areas and an array of prison memorabilia. Hear first-hand accounts from the staff who worked there during some of its most tumultuous times and allow the traditional and interactive displays to bring the history of the prison and its infamous inmates to life.

Despite its dark past, a trip to the jail is family friendly and children will love interacting with the displays and the knowledgeable guides who are dressed in period costumes to bring a sense of authenticity to the experience.


What would a trip to Aberdeenshire be without a relaxing game of golf? Peterhead boasts several beautiful golf courses, in the area, each offering its own distinct charm and personality.

St Olaf’s Golf Course, in nearby Cruden Bay is a delightful nine-hole course, featuring all the best parts of Scottish golf: panoramic views, perfectly shaped greens and rolling sand dunes. While playing, you’ll often find the wind from the North Sea will be an influence on your game – providing a gentle challenge to keep you on your toes.

If you’re looking to test your game a bit more – Cruden Bay also features the 18-hole Championship Course. Listed by Golf World magazine as 2nd in Top Fun Courses in Great Britain & Ireland and Rated 52nd best course in the world by Golf Magazine – it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Scottish golf experience. Founded in 1791, The Cruden Bay Golf Club has a links course of infinite variety and rigour.

However, if there are some in the group who aren’t as invested in the game, there is always the welcoming club house in which to sit, relax, and enjoy some of the delicious food on offer! 


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