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BUCKIE is steeped in maritime heritage, and a visit to the Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre will give an insight into the seafaring traditions of this distinctive community.

The voluntary-run centre has a wonderful collection of over 8000 photographs and an impressive range of artefacts. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

The harbour, built in 1877, is truly the heart of Buckie. It remains one of the most active ports in Scotland, a fine place to watch fishing boats going about their business. It is also home to a busy shipyard.

Lying either side of the mouth of the Burn of Buckie, where it flows into the Moray Firth, Buckie was formed by the coming together of a series of once-separate fishing villages – Nether Buckie, west of the Burn of Buckie and now known as Buckpool, Easter Buckie, Yardie, Ianstown, Gordonsburgh and Portessie.

The oldest part of Buckie lies in the almost separate settlement of Rathven, inland from Ianstown. A church was established there by 1200 and a hospital for lepers opened at around the same time.

Buckie itself began to take shape in the late 1700s and early 1800s. A new town was laid out along the ridge above and behind the fishing villages by the lairds, the Gordon family of Cluny. The new town revolves around Cluny Square, with East Church Street and West Church Street running off it.

You’ll find a range of activities in and around Buckie, including golf, pony-trekking, sandy beaches to explore, bowling, golf, sea-angling, bathing and walking.

The harbour is just two minutes away on foot from the main shopping district and there are plenty of bars, cafés and takeaways.

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