Catterline

There is something unique about Catterline which is 4 miles south of Stonehaven on the coast.

As you walk towards the pier, the view is quite breathtaking when you see the row of houses at the top of the cliffs overlooking, the curved bay with it's shingle beach.

It has been said that in the late 5th century St Ninian used to land here as he faced the challenge of converting the Picts to Christianity.

The pier was built in 1810 and although fishing boats operated out of here for over a thousand years it is said that many of the fishermen supplemented their income by smuggling and when you visit you will see why.
Nowadays it is more famous for it's artists. The magic atmospher and intigue of Catterline attracts many artists to this little village.

Also in recent years Catterline has become well known for it's Gala and Cartie Challenge which is held in June each year
More details can be found  at Catterline Online

Places To Stay
Self Catering Accommodation is available at Brewlaw Cottage and Northend Cottage

Places To Eat
The Creel Inn is  renowned for it's excellent cuisine.

Places To Visit
Just north of Catterline is the nature reserve of Fowlsheugh  next to Crawton a former fishing community.
Crawton lies above a shingle beach and you can see the remains of 23 houses and a school.
In its heyday, 30 Crawton men fished 12 boats and the village had its own fish merchant. Sadly after 50  years of decline in 1927 Crawton was finally deserted by its last inhabitant.

How To Get There
From Stonehaven travel along the Coatal Route on the A92 for about 3miles when you will see a sinpost to Catterline on the left. 

See Map of Catterline 

Gourdon, Aberdeenshire

Gourdon is around 10 miles south along the coast from Stonehaven and an interesting village to visit because it is one of the few harbours where fishing boats are still sailing from on a regular basis.

The double harbour which was built in 1820 is very sheltered and you will often find some of the real characters of Gourdon sitting on a bench in the Harbour area.

Gourdon has a population of just under 700 people The main attraction for visitors is its strong sense of being a working fishing port. The local Takeaway and Restaurant and Harbour Bar attracts many visitors from surrounding areas.

Lobster pots are piled around the harbour and there are three traditional fish merchants that still fillet and smoke fish in sheds on the harbourside and supply fish vans which sell fish across the area. It is becoming rare to see fishing ports like this, so it is hoped that Gourdon weathers the vagaries of the fishing industry as it has in the past and continues to thrive.

Accommodation in Gourdon
Just 2 minutes from the Harbour Bar is theHarbour Bar B&B with excellent views of Gourdon Harbour.
There is also The Lilybank Guest House

Places To Visit
An interesting place to visit is the museum for the "Maggie Law", which was a shallow draught surfboat boat capable of assisting vessels having difficulty entering the harbour. It saved 36 lives between it's launch in 1890 until it ceased operation in 1930. The Maggie Law supplemented the RNLI Lifeboats which were based at Gourdon from 1878 until 1969, when it was decided coverage could be maintained by the lifeboats at Aberdeen and Montrose.The museum was completely refurbished in 2013 and is well worth a visit. Get more information at www.maggielaw.co.uk

Places To Eat
The Hornblower Take-Away and Restaurant
The Harbour Bar

Shops
There is one general store in the village

Parking
Parking is available in the Harbour Area for Coaches and Cars.

How To Get To Gourdon
If travelling by Car, Motor Bike or Bicycle, take the A92 Coastal Road from Stonehaven, pass through Kineff and Inverbervie.
Shortly after Inverbervie you will see a turn off on the left to Gourdon.
Follow that road and you will arrive at the Harbour.

A Bus Service is available and Bus Timetables can be checked here

 

Inverbervie

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St Cyrus

About 18 miles from Stonehaven lies the village of St Cyrus, formerly known as Ecclesgreig, which is linked to a chapel that once stood on the site of the Nether Kirkyard to the south of the village. This building has not been used since 1632.

St Cyrus is only a 25 minute drive from Stonehaven and the very sandy beach is well worth a visit.The village itself is a centre for agriculture, arts and crafts

Places To Eat
Meals are provided at The St Cyrus Hotel on the A92.
Teas and Cofees etc are available at The Old Bakery and Country Essentials

Places To Visit
On the way to the beach you can visit the St Cyrus National Nature Reserve which protects the beach, sand dunes grassland and cliff environments. For bird lovers this is a breeding area for tern.Fast becoming a tourist attraction is Steptoe's Yard, known as the Museum of Cultural & Household Items of the Past.

You will pass this on your way to the Nature Reserve and you will be amazed so it's well worth stopping for a look. You can spend hours browsing the many items See here for more information on Steptoe's Yard..

Parking
There is a Car Park at the Beach next to the Nature Reserve.

More information about St Cyrus is available from The St Cyrus Newsletter 

Laurencekirk

Laurencekirk is a small town in the ancient county of Kincardineshire, modern county of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, just off the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen main road around 15 miles south of Stonehaven.

 

 It is the largest settlement in the Howe o' the Mearns area and houses the local secondary school; Mearns Academy and the Laurencekirk Primary School.

The 2004 population is estimated at 3,596.  

Its old name was Conveth, a corruption of "Coinmheadh". Laurencekirk is situated in the valley between the Hill of Garvock and the Cairn O' Mount. The famous landmark of the Johnston Tower can be seen on the peak of the Garvock.  

Laurencekirk was, in the past, known for making snuff boxes with a special type of airtight hinge (known as a "Laurencekirk hinge") invented by James Sandy.

The area was made famous by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, who  wrote much about The Mearns and the surrounding area in his book Sunset Song.  

The Grassic Gibbon Centre Centre  at Arbuthnott a few miles from Laurencekirk is well worth a visit.  

Newtonhill

Newtonhill has a population of just over 3,000.

The village, originally called Skateraw, has two commercial outlets; a convenience store and a pharmacy, which previously was a bakery.

There are also two pubs in the village, the friendly village local The Newton Arms and the Quoiters Bar.

Nearby in Muchalls you will find an informal bistro serving the best of seafood, game and steak

Local events centre around the The Bettridge Centre which is close to the library and recycling facility in the Coastal Park.

Historically, a train station was present in the older quarters of Newtonhill but this has now become defunct, operating as a signalling station only.

Skateraw became most noticed historically for its fishing industry, the old smoke house is still visible in the lower village, though this is also not in operation. Newtonhill today is accessed by the A90 road and functions primarily as a commuter town to Aberdeen and other business hubs in the Aberdeenshire area.

Newtonhill has a successful boys brigade chess team which has won the Scottish tournament many times and have won the British grand finals the 2nd most out of all teams.

There is an active community spirit in Newtonhill and many events are organised through the Newtonhill and District Village Association, with wider planning issues being discussed by the Community Council.

The NVA holds a meeting on the 1st Wednesday of most months in the Skateraw Hall from 8:00pm which is a starting point to get involved. Any individuals from the Newtonhill area are most welcome to attend any of the NVA meetings, and new committee members would be particularly welcomed.

Newtonhill Primary School serves Newtonhill, Muchalls and surrounding rural areas around Cammachmore in the North and Cookney in the South

Newtonhill is easily accessed from the A90 dual carriageway and it is reported that the Queen and Princess Margaret used to play at Newtonhill Beach when they were very young and visited Elsick Estate on holiday.

Places to Stay
Mrs Pat Allen, 3 Greystone Place, Newtonhill AB39 3UL
Tel: 01569 730391

Places to Eat
The Newton Arms, 10 Old MIll Road, Newtonhill AB39 3UL
Tel: 01569 730227

The Muchalls Bistro, 17, Dunnyfell Road, Muchalls, AB393RP
Tel:01569 730393 

Johnshaven

Johnshaven is 14 miles south of Stonehaven along the coast, just of the A92 Stonehaven to Dundee road.

With a population of 675, along with neighbouring village Gourdon it is smallest villages with Local Authority - owned harbours.

In 1722 it had 26 boats and around 130 fisherman making it one of the biggest fishing communities in Scotland at that time.

Stonehaven has a rich history; it is home to three castles within the town as well as ancient and beautiful churches. Many visitors come to Stonehaven for ´╗┐its tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, where you can take walks along the rolling coastline, as well as enjoying its Olympic-sized heated outdoor pool. After a long day of exploring castles and taking coastal walks, tourists can stay in one of the cosy B&B's where they can relax, log into their Facebook account or just play Party Poker with a cup of tea. Stonehaven also hosts a stunning Fireballs Ceremony; residents line the streets to watch professional fire dancers wave balls of fire along the road.

To-day, in Johnshaven, lobster fishing is still carried out and live lobsters can often be seen in water tanks at the harbour before being shipped to the continent.

A large percentage of the population are still engaged in fishing and related activities and you still see oilskins hanging outside the doors of some fishermen's cottages.

Johnshaven is well worth a vist. In August the Annual  Fish Festival is a popular attraction.

The village is popular with walkers and cyclists those with an interest in boats.

Places to Stay
There are two hotels in Johnshaven.
Modern Caravan and Camping Site

Places to Eat
Meals are available at the two local Hotels

Places to Visit
Wairds Park
In summer the Putting Greens and Tennis Courts are open.
Benholm Church

Shops
There is one general store in the village.

Parking
Parking is available for Cars and Coaches

How To Get To Johnshaven
Travelling by road take the A92 coastal road, pass through Kineff, Inverbervie and watch for a signpost to Johnshaven on the left about 3 miles beyond Inverbervie.

A Bus Service is available and Bus Timetables can be checked here

The area of Johnshaven and the surrounding area of Benholm is rich in maritime heritage.
For more information on Johnshaven visit local website