Location: The town of Fraserburgh ( pop. 13,000) is situated on the north east coast of Scotland where the Moray Firth meets the North Sea. It is an attractive town, the older buildings being constructed from a lovely grey granite which sparkles in the sunlight. As you approach the town from the south, you pass James Ramsay Park and the Saltoun Place gardens, giving a very pleasing first impression.
Landscape / wildlife: In the south of the town is a wide bay with a spectacular sandy beach. Surfing has become very popular among young people and Fraserburgh Bay has frequently been the location for surfing championships. A little further south is the Loch of Strathbeg, separated from the sea by a sand bar, which is a renowned bird sanctuary. On the Moray Firth coast, to the west of the town, there is a large gannetry on the cliffs of Troup Head. These nature reserves attract bird watchers from far and near.
Places of interest: Fraserburgh is a town with an interesting history, which may be explored in the Heritage Centre, where there are many fascinating displays, including those concerning two of Fraserburgh’s famous sons – Thomas Blake Glover, the founder of Mitsubishi, and Bill Gibb, the well-known fashion designer.
Kinnaird Head was the site of the first mainland lighthouse built in Scotland and is now the site of the country’s only lighthouse museum.
In nearby Mintlaw you can enjoy lovely walks in Aden Country Park or Pitfour Estate, and there are many interesting National Trust properties and gardens in the area, e.g. Duff House and Pitmedden.
Education: Education has always been important in Fraserburgh, which was the location of Scotland’s first university, and a “charter for which was granted in the late 16th century” Nowadays there is a whole range of educational facilities in the town. A number of nurseries and pre-school playgroups cater for the under- fives and there are four primary schools. A large secondary school, Fraserburgh Academy, serves Fraserburgh and the surrounding area, while the North East Scotland College (NESCol) offers vocational and non-vocational courses in further education.
The well-stocked, bright, airy town library provides a pleasant, comfortable environment for young and old to enjoy reading and using the computers. It also organises book clubs and activities for children.
Community Centre and Swimming Pool:
A new Community Centre and Swimming Pool opened in 2014. Various leisure and sporting activities are available there, as well as Community Learning and Development, which offers courses in ESOL and adult literacy, in groups or a one to one basis. People may also socialise in the café.
In addition, there are many sports clubs in the town, e.g. football, cricket, walking, running, martial arts, etc. Other clubs and groups include the Rotary, Junior Arts drama, dance, Art Group, etc.
Community events: Various community events take place, such as Fraserburgh Gala, Super Saturdays each month with stalls, music, etc. in the town centre, the Blue Light Festival celebrating the rescue services and the annual Moonlit Prowl which, over the years, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for cancer research.
Shops: As well as the shops in the town centre, there are supermarkets – Tesco, Asda and Lidl – on the outskirts.
Accessibility: Fraserburgh is just forty miles north of Aberdeen and, therefore, within easy reach of Aberdeen airport, bus station and railway station.
For further reading on the town of Fraserburgh please visit www.visitfraserburgh.com