Situated 40 miles north of Aberdeen, The Granite City, the bustling town of Peterhead is Europe's busiest fishing port with a fleet of over 400 trawlers and fishing boats occupying the town's harbour and leisure marina, each providing the backbone for the town's economy. Steeped in maritime history, Peterhead documents its rich inheritance at The Arbuthnot Museum and the Maritime Heritage Centre, unveiling the stories of local fishermen and sailors, past and present as well as depicting the town's origins as a former whaling port.
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The town's busy commercial centre has a substantial selection of high street shops, bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from and is particularly vibrant at weekends with entertainment and live music on offer, from folk to contemporary rock and pop. If you are seeking a more tranquil affair, the coastal region around Peterhead contains various beauty spots, romantic hideaways and sites of scientific interest, notably the Loch of Strathbeg, attracts more than 30,000 migrating birds to this unique freshwater lake surrounded by marshes, woodland and sand dunes.
Of equal interest in the Peterhead area is the Arden Country Park, formerly the largest private estate in the region. Now restored to its former glory, this 230-acre parkland offers visitors an idyllic spot for a gentle afternoon stroll or picnic during the summer months. Visit Peterhead where you will find many hidden surprises waiting to be discovered.