Last weekend, Jim and I decided to head out for a drive up the coast and we followed the coastal route up to the lovely wee quaint fishing village of Cairnbulg. This little village lies 4 miles east of Fraserburgh.
The word Cairnbulg originates from the Gaelic which means “gap cairn”. By the 1880’s, there were well over 200 fishing boats which worked out of Cairnbulg and the neighbouring village if Inverallochy. The settlements were built as fisher cottages set in rows, gable end to the sea to minimise the effect of storms. The spaces between them were used to shelter the boats dragged up out of the water. You can still see the houses in Cairnbulg but unfortunately, the boats are all gone now having been moved to the harbour in Fraserburgh by the end of the 19th Century.
We also saw Cairnbulg Castle on our visit. The castle dates back to the 14th century and was described as “one of the nine castles of Knuckle” by historian William Douglas Simpson. This is a group of 9 ancient castles all situated in the Buchan area. The castle was originally known as Philorth Castle before being destroyed and then rebuilt by the Fraser family in 1380.
A great little village and certainly worth a visit!