Towns & Villages
The Buchan area is comprised of many picturesque towns and villages. For further information please visit the associated websites.
Auchnagatt is a village situated on the Ebrie Burn and on the A948 road between Ellon and New Deer. Sources dispute the origin of the name Auchnagatt, claiming either "field of the wild cats" or "field of withies" (willows), in reference to the currachs or wickerwork creels traditionally produced in the area. Facilities in the village include a village hall, post office, general store and hotel.
The village of Boddam (pop. 1500 approx.) sits on the extreme outer shoulder of Aberdeenshire. Its lighthouse on the Buchanness promontory is the most easterly part of Scotland. Stretching for miles southwards from Boddam, rugged, granite cliffs form a defence against the winter's mountainous seas and, not only provide a home for huge colonies of seabirds, but, vantage points to view some of nature's finest sculptures which have been carved by the sea over centuries.
The village of Crimond is situated in an agricultural area of Buchan, Aberdeenshire, between Fraserburgh and Peterhead. Within a few miles are Cairnbulg Castle, Cairness House, Memsie Cairn, Berrybrae Stone Circle, Crimond Aerodrome, Mormond Hill, and Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve.
Cruden Bay is a coastal village with beautiful walks along sea cliffs and beach fronts. In days gone by the village was a popular retreat for the landed gentry, and the legacy of those days are that there are many and varied attractions to be seen within the village and its surrounding countryside. The village is home to a top class golf course and fantastic beach which draws visitors from far and wide. However the focal point for many lies just to the north in the impressive Slains Castle, the acknowledged inspiration for Brams Stoker’s “Dracula”.
Fetterangus is a small village in Buchan located to the north of Mintlaw. Fetterangus ("Fishie") although only having a population of between 300 and 400, the village has an active Community Association that manages to run an annual Gala every August with other events throughout the year. A nearby visitor attraction is Drinnie's Wood and Observatory which was built in 1845 and offers attractive views over the Buchan countryside for miles in all directions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetterangus
Hatton (occasionally Hatton of Cruden) is a village in Buchan, Aberdeenshire that lies on the A90 road, approximately equidistant from both Ellon and Peterhead. It has a biscuit factory that was once called Simmers - it was Hatton's only claim to fame as it supplied biscuits to such upmarket shops as Marks and Spencers. However, it was purchased by McVities and then acquired by Murdoch Allan and Sons. It also has a shop, village hall, astroturf and a primary school.
Longside is a village located in the heart of Buchan, Aberdeenshire. It lies seven miles inland from Peterhead and two miles from Mintlaw on the A950. Its population in 2001 was 721. It has a Parish Church, Primary School, Golf Club and a junior football club. The River Ugie flows through the village, which consists mainly of one single street.
Maud is a small town in Buchan, located midway between the villages of New Deer and Old Deer and 12 miles west of Peterhead. Maud rose to prosperity in the nineteenth century as a railway junction of the Formartine and Buchan Railway. Maud has retained its railway station buildings which are now home to the Maud Railway Museum. There also use to be a livestock mart. The Maud Village Trust has developed the redundant cattle market for the benefit of the local Community, offering amongst others a lovely café.
The picturesque village of Mintlaw is located in the heart of Buchan. Home of Aden Country Park and the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, Mintlaw rewards any visitor with its quaint country scenery and rich religious history round every corner. A must see, ruined Deer Abbey dates back to the 13th century and the recently restored Culsh Monument and Drinnies Wood Pitfour Observatory viewpoints both add to an eventful day out.
The village of New Deer is situated just over 25 miles north of Aberdeen. Enjoying a central location in Buchan, it lies between almost centrally within a ring of settlements comprising Turriff, Banff, Fraserburgh, Peterhead Ellon and Oldmeldrum. New Deer reflects this central location by being home to a variety of shops and other facilities intended to serve both the village itself and the surrounding agricultural area. Amenities include: a bank, butchers, café, pharmacy, grocery stores, hairdressers, Post Office, and delicatessen.
New Pitsligo is one of the bigger villages in Buchan, situated near Peterhead, Pennan, Strichen, and Mintlaw. Locals often refer to the village by the name Cyaak. New Pitsligo is built on Turlundie Hill leading down to the valley between it and Balnamìn Hill and looking onto Mormond Hill. The village has a baker, chip shop, 2 shops, café, village hall, bank doctor's surgery, and several parks.
The picturesque village of Old Deer lies in Central Buchan, on the south bank of the South Ugie Water some 10 miles west of Peterhead. Its broad main street is lined with a mix of properties from different periods, but the overall effect is very harmonious. The village is about equidistant from the coastal towns of Peterhead to the east, Fraserburgh to the north east, Banff to the north west, and the country town of Turriff about due west.
Peterhead, situated approximately 30 miles north of Aberdeen, is the largest town in Aberdeenshire and is a major fishing port and oil industry service support centre. Peterhead is a traditional commercial and shopping centre for Buchan’s agriculture and fishing families and workers. This is well-reflected in the town’s facilities, shopping, takeaways, restaurants, cafés, pubs and hotels. Coupling this with a great selection of walking, cycling, golfing, and bird watching, Peterhead has a lot to offer.
A village in the Buchan district of Aberdeenshire, St Fergus lies a mile from the North Sea coast and three miles northwest of Peterhead. It comprises a Kirktown to the west and a Newtown to the east and takes its name from an Irish bishop who built a basilica here in the early 8th Century. Since 1977 St Fergus has been one of the most important terminals handling gas from the Frigg field in the North Sea.
Strichen is a village in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, connecting to New Deer to the southwest, Fraserburgh to the north-northeast, and New Pitsligo about four miles due west. The village got its name from Lord Strichen. It is situated on the River Ugie at the foothills of Mormond Hill. The Strichen White Horse is constructed of quartz on Mormond Hill. Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, lives in the village.
Stuartfield is a small inland village in the Buchan area of Aberdeenshire, situated 1mile south of Old Deer, known as Crichie among locals. Stuartfield has many services for the locals such as a Primary School, Butcher, Local shop, Garage, Garden Machinery shop and Pleasure Park.