Peterhead Hosts the Last Scottish Week in Scotland
Scotland had a tradition of promoting its produce with ‘Scottish Weeks’. These were held all over the country but sadly only one city organizes a Scottish Week any more. Peterhead, the most easterly mainland town in Scotland is about to launch the only surviving Scottish Week in the country on July 15th. The Week is less about promoting its produce than about having a good time and encouraging tourists to visit ‘Bloo Toon’ as Peterhead is affectionately called, locally.
Peterhead Scottish Week will see the crowning of Miss Buchan, quite appropriate, as the city is the largest centre of population in the Banff and Buchan area. The events include music, dance and of course revolve around food and drink. There are activities for all ages and kids will have a whale of a time at the funfair and the teddy bears picnic. There will be golf, bingo and rugby matches. Events are spread all over town and include a church service, truck show and lifestyle show.
Peterhead has been a fishing town from time immemorial – only the catch has changed over the years. It lies near the mouth of the River Ugie which is a salmon and trout river. Peterhead was originally called Peterugie and the oldest surviving building in the town is a four hundred year old salmon fish house. In the early days local fishermen used lines to catch cod and ling. In the eighteenth century, Peterhead was a pioneer in whale fishing and became the leading whaling port in Britain until 1893 when the last whaler returned to Peterhead harbor. Today Peterhead is the largest and busiest white fish port in Europe.
Peterhead is the access point to the world-famous Loch of Strathbeg bird sanctuary. Beautiful beaches await you not far from the town. Its unique sea-cliff formations with sea-bird colonies are unforgettable. To add to the spirit of adventure and mystery one can visit the nearby Slains Castle which towers above sheer sea-cliffs. The castle was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
If all this is not enough to tempt you to land at Aberdeen Airport, which is less than an hour away from Peterhead, perhaps the news that there is an eighteen hole bents golf course with superb seascape views and a championship golf course at nearby Cruden Bay will inspire you.