Unwind in mainland Scotland’s most easterly town
Hugging the Aberdeenshire coast, Peterhead is one of the busiest fishing ports in Europe, and has a thriving daily fish market. You can find out all about the town’s past and hear the stories of local sailors at the Maritime Heritage Centre. Peterhead is also a sanctuary for wildlife. The Loch of Strathbeg RSPB reserve is a winter haven for thousands of wild geese and swans.
Bask on unspoilt beaches
Peterhead has several beaches to enjoy, some of them very remote. The Lido is the most sheltered, and just a short walk from the town centre. Ugie is a beautiful unspoilt beach backed by sand dunes and rocks. It’s reached by a footbridge across the River Ugie, where you’ll also find Scotland's oldest salmon fish house Ugie Salmon. Rattray Head is one of the wildest and remotest spots on the coast, marked out by a striking lighthouse.
Visit the home of Dracula
Down the coast to the south of Peterhead, you can see the ruins of Slains Castle, perched on the edge of cliffs overlooking Cruden Bay. It’s the place that inspired Bram Stoker to write his famous vampire novel. As you listen to the waves crashing on the rocks below and the cry of seagulls overhead, it certainly has a dramatic, and slightly eerie, feel to it... Looking for accommodation in Peterhead? Travelodge Peterhead is right in the town centre, and within walking distance of the bay.