The ‘Land of the Big Sky’ is where you’ll Fraserburgh’s wide expanse of golden sand. Part of Aberdeenshire, it’s a revered spot for stunning views, fabulous coastal walks and an abundance of watersports opportunities. Surfing is big business in the area, as are wind powered sports. Kayaking is also well served and on those calmer summer days you’ll find a whole host of spooning opportunities.
When swells ramp up it can sometimes be a bit of a bum fight in the waves, especially close to the Broch. This left point is a locally dominated break that isn’t for the inexperienced. It’s usually best to navigate away and stick to a softer peak further along.
Waves can often be punchy, if short lived, but you’ll still have fun on the flatter days with plenty of opportunities to explore. If Fraserburgh is getting a bit much and you fancy spicing up your session with a little variety, you can always head off in Banff’s direction for some quieter paddling. There’s a whole plethora of alternative spots to choose from if you nose around.
For après fun and games there are plenty eating and drinking options to choose from with everything from awesome seafood restaurants to traditional fish and chip shops available. A variety of accommodation options are also on offer to rest your weary body at the end of a hard day’s paddling.
How to get there:
Once in Aberdeen you’ll need to navigate along the A90 towards Fraserburgh – the town is sign posted most of the way.
Due to Fraserburgh being a seaside town, there are a multitude of amenities and facilities available for those who fancy some ‘yakin’ action.
Fraserburgh is a tidal location and as such, ebbs and flow need to be taken note of. At certain times wave size will be significant while calmer periods will be better for less experienced paddlers. Other water users will need to be avoided. Cold water could also be an issue for those not used to the frigid North Sea.
Ins and Outs:
Drop in right out front – choose your peak and away you go, right along the entire length of Fraserburgh beach.
For those who love to knock a few balls down the fairway, there are a number of high end golf courses available. After all, this is the links golfing capital of the UK.
If this isn’t floating your boat then the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is also in the town and worth a look.
Fraserburgh sits on the NE tip of Aberdeenshire and has a large fraternity of watersports nuts including surfers, kayakers and wind heads – all looking for their slice of salty fun. The Broch is a left hander that breaks off the point in front of the campsite. The rest of this sandy stretch has a variety of swelly peaks to choose from. During calmer spells, it’s possible to explore the coast and duck into many of the nooks and crannies you’ll find.
A relatively populated Scottish town, Fraserburgh is recorded as having 12,454 residents (2001 Census info). With large numbers of locals and visitors heading for a float, you’ll very rarely find yourself alone in the drink.
Lying 27km north of Peterhead, Fraserburgh is the biggest shellfish port in Europe and is also a major white fish dock with bustling commercial harbour. Seafood fans can’t go wrong here.