Aberdeenshire Fishing Heritage
Traditional fishing villages are dotted all the way along the Aberdeenshire coastline. In places like Portsoy, Banff, Macduff, Gardenstown and Pennan, Gourdon and Johnshaven, locals have been fishing off the coast of the north east of Scotland for hundreds of years. While fishing was predominantly undertaken by men for many days at a time, an old saying from the east coast spells out the importance of women’s role in the fishing; "No man can be a fisher and lack a wife". The fisherwomen were the heart of the fishing communities, supporting their menfolk and at the forefront in all domestic and business matters, from preparing the bait and the lines to selling the fish and looking after the household.
Heading east along Aberdeenshire’s rugged Moray coastline you’ll eventually arrive at Fraserburgh and then Peterhead, home to two of Europe’s largest fishing ports and renowned for quality of the catch, especially of white fish and langoustines. Then continue your journey south of Aberdeen along the eastern shoreline to the long-established coastal settlements of Portlethen, Stonehaven and beyond to experience the very best of seafood and amazing scenic views of the coast.