Places To Visit
Whether visiting for the day, escaping for a short break or even stopping by whilst on The Coastal Trail, Fraserburgh is a vibrant area with plenty to see and do with enough keep you coming back time and time again.
If you have interests in delving into the history of the North East, you’ll find that the local community are passionate about preserving and sharing their heritage. With both the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre and the Scottish Museum of Lighthouses located in the town, you can explore the fascinating past of the area and you don’t have to venture far to stumble across sites of historical interest such as Maggie’s Hoosie, the Sandhaven Meal Mill, Pitsligo Castle or the Memsie Burial Cairn which is thought to date back to the Bronze Age.
Nature and wildlife enthusiasts will have an abundance of things to do such as take a visit to the Waters of Philorth or the Loch of Strathbeg RSPB Nature Reserve -both great starting points to springboard you into your exploration of the local beaches, coastline and countryside. The area attracts seals, dolphins and a range of rare birds so why not try your luck spotting some or if you would prefer to guarantee seeing a range of rescued domestic and farmyard animals, Willows Animal Sanctuary is always a family favourite.
For sportier visitors you can get involved with traditional pursuits such as fishing, shooting or work your way around a selection of beautifully kept and challenging local golf courses. If you prefer high adrenaline sports, Fraserburgh is renowned for surfing and is a perfect environment for kite sports with fantastic modern facilities and lessons available at Synergy Kitesports. For indoor activities, the Fraserburgh Leisure Centre is also a great stop for ten pin bowling, indoor bowls, pool and snooker and the Fraserburgh Community & Sports Centre, complete with squash courts and a flume, is a must see!
You can browse some of the key attractions in our business directory or a visit to the Fraserburgh Information Centre on your arrival to the town is highly recommended to plan your trip.
Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre
Fraserburgh Community & Sports Centre is located just on Maconochie Road and offers an excellent range of sporting, Community and social facilities, within a friendly and welcoming environment. The Centre is home to two local swimming clubs, and specialises in offering a comprehensive programme of swimming lessons for all ages and abilities.
Visitor Information Centre
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses,Kinaird Head, Stevenson Road,Fraserburgh, AB43 9DU
Tel: 01346 518315
Make the most of your visit to Fraserburgh. Call in past the Tourist Information Centre for free information, things to do and places to visit. Open 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm from Monday-Saturday.
Fraserburgh Heritage Centre
Quarry Road, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 9DT
Tel: 01346 513802
Winner of the Scottish Museum of the Year Award in 1999, this community museum illustrates the rich history of this north-east Scottish fishing town developed by the 8th Lord Saltoun in 1592. Exhibits commemorate famous sons of the town such as Thomas Blake Glover, Japanese industrialist and Bill Gibb, fashion designer a fascinating experience for all the family.
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Stevenson Road, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 9DU
Tel: 01346 511022 / Fax: 01346 515879
The new Museum of Scottish Lighthouses boasts the largest collection of lighthouse equipment in the UK. Discover the unique story of the Stevenson family, lighthouse engineers to the world, in the Stevenson Gallery & the multi-screen audio visual which tells the story of the lighthouse service in Scotland. Complete your experience with a visit to the lighthouse shop, relax & enjoy the café with its lofty views from Kinnaird Head.
Loch of Strathbeg RSPB Nature Reserve
Crimond, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 8QN
Tel: 01346 532017
The Loch of Strathbeg is wonderful for views of wetland birds-in winter, 20% of the worlds population of pink-footed geese come here. You can also see large numbers of whooper swans, barnacle geese, lapwing, golden plover, mute swans and elusive bittern.In summer, the reserve comes alive with breeding common terns, waders and wildfowl as well as exotic visitors such as little egret, avocet and spoonbill. 310 species of flowering plant, 16 species of butterfly and 21 species of mammal, including otter can all be seen on the reserve
Visitors centre and four hides on site. Binoculars and children’s explorer packs available from the reserve office.
Fraserburgh Golf Club
Corbie Hill, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 8TL
Tel: 01346 516616 Fax: 01346 516616
The natural links course of Fraserburgh in the North East of Scotland has a variety of different types of holes providing a very interesting and enjoyable game of golf. The views over the course are splendid with the panoramic view from the 3rd tee offering the visitor a spectacular view of sand, sea, links and the Buchan landscape Records from the National Library of Scotland show that Fraserburgh Golf Club was founded in 1777 making it the 7th oldest club in the world. It moved to its present location in 1891 and in 1922 James Braid the famous golf designer redesigned the course and much of his design remains today.
Full catering facilities are available and visitors are very welcome.
Waters of Philorth & Fraserburgh Beach
Local Nature Reserve, South East of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
Waters of Philorth is a pleasant place to walk or just sit and enjoy. The reserve is open all year round with footpaths providing access to Fraserburgh Beach – a 3 mile stretch of golden sands – one of the finest in the country.
The beach offers safe bathing waters and is backed by magnificent sand dunes dominated by Corbie Hill. Nearby there are excellent facilities including an interpretive centre, cafe and children’s play area – along with the newly refurbished promenade from which you can view fishing boats entering and leaving the port.
26 Shore Street, Inverallochy, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
Tel: 01346 514761 Open May – September
A unique preserved fisher cottage situated close to the rocky shores of Inverallochy and Cairnbulg. Throughout many decades of change the hoosie has survived as a timeless reminder of a bygone age.
Sandhaven Meal Mill
Sandhaven, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 4EP
Tel: 01771 622906
Working model of a meal mill.
Memsie Burial Cairn
A bronze age cairn circa 1700BC, which is believed to cover a burial cist. The Memsie cairn is one of the major monuments of Buchan under the guardianship of Historic Scotland. Memsie is situated 3 miles south-west of the Broch on the A981 road to Strichen.
This Church of Scotland Kirk is unique, in that the church clock shows 61 minutes to the hour. This was caused by an error on the part of the clockmaker who put six marks into one of the five minute sectors. As a result, days in Crimond can claim to be 24 minutes longer than anywhere else in the world. An earlier, pre-reformation ruin lies nearby.
This large and impressive ruin lies half a mile inland from Roeshearty. It was originally built by the Fraser’s of Philorth in 1424, but passed to the Forbes of Druminnor, who extended it in the 1570’s. The last resident of Pitsligo was Alexander
Forbes, 4th Lord Pitsligo. He was a fervent Jacobite supporter who was forced into hiding when his lands were forfeited after Culloden. He evaded arrest by various legendary means for the rest of his life, dying in 1792 aged 84, still a free man. In 1989 the castle was bought by Alexander Forbes’ descendent, Malcolm Forbes, the American multi-millionaire publisher, who had renovations carried out to secure the structure of the building prior to his death in February 1990.
About four miles south of Fraserburgh, about 0.25m west of the B 9033
Tel (01346) 582078
Cairness House is considered one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in Britain. It is the largest and finest country house in Buchan and one of the great houses in Scotland. Cairness was built Between 1791 and 1797 to designs by architect James Playfair and boasts the earliest Egyptian Room in the country. The landscape park was laid by Thomas White, a follower of Lancelot ”Capability” Brown. Larglely forgotten and neglected for 60 years, the house and grounds are currently undergoing major restoration. Cairness House now contains a very fine collection of furniture and works of art.
Tours and special events all year by prior appointment.
Willows Animal Sanctuary
Lamb Hill Farm, Strichen, Fraserburgh AB43 6NY
Tel: 01771 653112
Open to Visitors
2.00-5.00pm Friday – Tuesday
Directions – Willows Animal Sanctuary is situated on the B9093 Strichen – New Pitsligo road.
Willows Animal Sanctuary provides a lifelong home for over 300 neglected and ill-treated domestic, farm and wild animals. We now have young of rare breeds which include Soay sheep, Herdwick sheep, Castlemilk Moorit sheep, Bagot goat, Golden Guernsey goat, Angora goat and a Tamworth Red pig. We aim to take animals that are unsuitable for re-homing elsewhere and consequently we represent their last hope. Willows is unique in that we help people too by offering contact with animals to those who find it therapeutic. We are the only sanctuary in this area of the north-east of Scotland and we are totally dependent on donations from caring people.
Fraserburgh Ten Pin Bowling Alley
North Links, Seaforth Street, Fraserburgh AB43 9BB
Tel: 01346 516663
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10am -10pm and Friday and Saturday 10am -12am.
Come and see our state of the art 10 Pin Bowling Alley with “glow in the dark” features, where even the carpet glows. We have a Snack Bar a licensed bar and lounge in the 10 pin department area, and a Restaurant through the hall. Our system is so high tech, the screens have up to date animations and our bumpers are electronically controlled, which allows them to be lowered and raised for people playing on the same lane. Shoes are included in the price of the game. Contact us for further information.