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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.

View of Stonehaven © John McLeish www.images-scotland.com

Harbour

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.

View of Stonehaven © John McLeish www.images-scotland.com

Stonehaven is looked over by an impressive war memorial, looking more like a temple, lying on black hill.

Castle

Just on from the memorial lies Dunotter castle which sits dramatically over the sea, surrounded by sheer cliffs.

View of Stonehaven © John McLeish www.images-scotland.com

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.

View of Stonehaven © John McLeish www.images-scotland.com

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.

View of Stonehaven © John McLeish www.images-scotland.com

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.

View fromf Stonehaven © John McLeish www.images-scotland.com
View from Stonehaven

Fireballs!

There is also the fireball swinging festival held in Stonehaven every New Years Eve.

View from Stonehaven © John McLeish www.images-scotland.com
View from Stonehaven

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

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