Other Local Attractions
There are a vast amount of other local attractions in Buchan and the surrounding area to explore. For further information click on the website links.
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses contains a fabulous collection of glass lenses, lighting technology and social history artefacts covering the lives of men and families who guarded Scotland`s coastline. There are audio-visual displays and interactive exhibits that engage both in science and history. The museum also has a cafe with views onto the Moray Firth. Whales, Dolphins and bird life can be seen while you sit in the warmth of the cafe with a cup of tea.
Fraserburgh Heritage Centre
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 Fraserburgh such as Thomas Blake Glover, Japanese industrialist, and Bill Gibb, fashion designer, a fascinating experience for all the family.
Maud Railway Museum
Relive the great days of steam trains at the former Maud Railway Station. Sound effects add to the nostalgia of varied displays of railway memorabilia. GNSR memorabilia; photographs of Maud railway heydays; browsing corner with books and photographs.
Duff House, a magnificent example of Baroque architecture. It stands adjacent to the ancient royal burgh of Banff, and was opened in 1995 after extensive restoration. As Scotland's premier country house gallery and outstation of the National Galleries of Scotland. Apart from containing magnificent paintings, fine pieces of furniture and other artefacts, the house has a shop, tearoom and exhibition spaces for changing displays, talks and public performances.
Discover the wealth of Peterhead's maritime history in one of Aberdeenshire's oldest museums. See models showing the development of Peterhead fishing boats and find out about: Peterhead's past; An important collection of Inuit Artifacts; Arctic animals, including a Polar Bear; Whaling; One of Northern Scotland's largest coin collections; Temporary exhibitions with regularly changing program of events in Arbuthnot Gallery; and a large collection of photos of Peterhead and the surrounding area.
Macduff Marine Aquarium
Situated on Aberdeenshire’s scenic coast in the traditional fishing town of Macduff, Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth, Scotland’s largest bay, in a variety of exciting and innovative exhibits. Visitors come face to face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates normally only seen by SCUBA divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea. The Aquarium’s deep central exhibit, which displays a living kelp reef, is the only one of its kind in Britain and divers hand feed the fish on a regular basis.
The Discovery Centre in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire is a purpose-built museum storage facility and visitor centre. Join us on a free, guided tour and find out what goes on behind the scenes at Aberdeenshire Museum Service on the second Saturday of every month between 9.00am - 1.00pm. Explore the building, which contains over 40,000 objects, and discover some of the hidden gems in Aberdeenshire Councils collections. We can also organise a group tour tailor made to meet your interests.
Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen on 1732, but refurbished in the 1880's. The house elegantly blends crisp Georgian architecture with a sumptuous late Victorian interior. Noted for its fine furniture, paintings and objets d'art, Haddo also boasts a delightful terraced garden with geometric and fountain, and lavish herbaceous borders. A magnificent avenue of lime trees leads to Haddo Country Park with its lakes, walks and monuments. Stables restaurant, NTS shop, plant sales area and estate shop is also available.
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. Largely forgotten and neglected for 60 years, the house and grounds have undergone major restoration. Cairness House now contains a very fine collection of furniture and works of art.
Crimonmogate is a Grade A listed mansion house, designed by the renowned Aberdeen architect Archibald Simpson and built for the Carnegie family. The house is situated between Fraserburgh and Peterhead and within easy reach of Aberdeen. It is one of Aberdeenshire's outstanding venues for weddings, including civil ceremonies, corporate events, concerts and conferences. This magnificent, secluded location stands within beautiful seasonal changing parkland and has been lovingly restored by William and Candida Stanhope.