Things to do in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
The popular coastal town of Stonehaven lies in the Northeast of Scotland and despite being only 15 miles from the bustling city of Aberdeen - Stonehaven is a little slice of tranquillity.
Surrounded by high ground to the north and south, this little town sits in Stonehaven bay facing into the North Sea, with its picturesque harbour and beach at the forefront.
Stonehaven is looked over by an impressive war memorial, looking more like a temple, lying on black hill.
Just on from the memorial lies Dunotter castle which sits dramatically over the sea, surrounded by sheer cliffs.
The walk from Stonehaven to Dunotter castle via the memorial is spectacular, with its views across the North Sea and there is no wonder that it's so popular with locals and visitors alike.
There is plenty to do in Stonehaven, from visiting the array of character-filled local shops to taking a dip in one of Scotland's two open air swimming pools, or a shot on the golf course.
The harbour, although small, is home to a restaurant, gift shop and pub serving real ale.
Notable events in Stonehaven would include the respected Stonehaven folk festival which takes place every July with performances from folk musicians, Scottish music sessions and workshops.
There is also the fireball swinging festival held in Stonehaven every New Years Eve.
This ancient pagan ritual involves marching through the town, while a group of select volunteers swing one fireball each.
The march ends when the fireballs are thrown into the sea. This event attracts a huge amount of visitors every year.
Description by Emma Gray