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The local area guide to living in Peterhead

One of Peterhead’s biggest claims to fame is that it is home to the imposing ruins of Slains Castle, which are claimed to have inspired Bram Stoker’s famous horror Dracula. Aside from this impressive literary legacy, Peterhead is known for being a thriving fishing port on the north east coast of Scotland and a town that is heavily influenced by the sea: there are more than 400 working boats in the por. There’s also a large marina that holds 100 leisure crafts, a busy fish and seafood market and it boasts Scotland’s oldest fish house, Ugie Salmon Fishings. Locally, the town is called ‘The Bloo Toon’, and residents are called ‘Bloo Tooners’ or ‘Bloomagganers’, which makes reference to the blue worsted stockings that local fishermen used to wear.

Information about the local residents

At the last census in 2011, Peterhead had a population of 18,537, making it Aberdeenshire’s largest settlement (the district does not count the city of Aberdeen). People within the 25 – 44 age bracket make up the largest part of the population, followed by those between 45 64. Just over 71% of people in the area are employed, with unskilled and semi-skilled jobs making up the largest employment sector, largely in manufacturing.

Nearby schools

Burnhaven, Dales Park, Central, Buchanhaven, Meethill and Clerkhill are the six primary schools in the Peterhead area. Peterhead Academy is the only secondary school, a co-educational school that caters for pupils aged between 11 and 18. The school has below the national average amount of leavers gaining five or more SQA accredited awards, but was noted in its last inspection for making ‘important improvements’. Peterhead also has the Anna Ritchie School, for pupils with learning difficulties, and Peterhead Alpha School, for pupils with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia, alongside those with behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Getting around

Peterhead is known for being further away from a train station than any other place in the UK: Aberdeen is the nearest, at 32 miles away. However, it has good road links and lies very near to the A90, which runs to Fraserburgh to the north and Aberdeen to the south, with the nearest motorway being the M90 at Perth. There is a decent bus service to local towns and villages and a regular service runs between Peterhead, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh.

Local shops

Few people would claim that Peterhead was pretty, but is has plenty of robust Scottish charm due to its rugged red granite architecture. The working industrial harbour is an important part of the town, with around 90,000 tonnes of fish, worth £60m, being landed each year. The town has a mix of the usual chain stores, such as Superdrug, New Look, WHSmith, and Argos, as well as two well-sized supermarkets, Iceland and Morrisons, to look after everyday requirements. Peterhead has a regular Farmers Market that supplies locally produced food, drink, and crafts, and there is a great selection of places to eat, including, as you would expect from a town that is so closely linked to the sea, some excellent fish and chip restaurants.

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