We are still in Fraserburgh this week for the blog and this picture was taken down at the harbour. The name of the town literally means ‘burgh of Fraser’, after the Fraser family that bought the lands of Philorth in 1504.
Fraserburgh was firmly established on the map in the 19th century by the growth of the herring fishing industry. The development of the harbour meant that more than 1000 drifters could land their fish each season in the busiest years between 1870 and 1900. Fishing season ran from July to September and at this time, the industry employed 16,000 people. When the railway came in 1865, this enabled catches to be sent all over the world with fish destined for Jamaica and America as well as Russia and Europe. Today the herring industry has declined somewhat but Fraserburgh continues to be a major white-fish port and a busy commercial harbour. Back in 2008, it landed over 12,000 tonnes of shellfish!
There are lots of things to do in Fraserburgh – you can visit Kinnaird Head Lighthouse which featured on the blog last week and take a tour around the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, or alternatively, why not visit the Heritage Centre where you can learn about the history of the fishing town.
Fraserburgh also has its own Golf Course. It has an 18 and a 9 hole course and is the 5th oldest club in Scotland and the 7th oldest in the world.
Why not take a trip and find out about the history of the town!