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The local area guide to living in Fraserburgh

Named after the family that bought the lands of Philorth in 1504, Fraserburgh is one of the coastal towns to be found in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It’s the biggest shellfish port in Europe, landing over 12,000 tonnes in 2008, and offers all the perks of a developed coastal town.

The Fraser family brought about major improvements in the town from 1504, following investment to grow and enhance the town’s offerings. By 1570, the Fraser family had built Fraserburgh Castle, and within a year the areas church was built. By the 1590s the area known as Faithlie was developing a small harbour.

Nowadays, the town is known for its many attractions, including a blue flag beach, well-developed harbour, and lighthouse museum. It's also home to the famous Kinnaird Head lighthouse and castle, a tourist spot that draws many.

There are a multitude of everyday activities in Fraserburgh too – such as exploring the coastline, forest and surrounding countryside. Furthermore, there are a number of golf courses, kite sport and surfing facilities, as well as more traditional fishing or shooting pursuits – all of which can be enjoyed in the town’s year-long mild temperatures.

Information about the local residents

Fraserburgh is one of the main populated centres on the North East coast of Scotland. A population of 12,454 was recorded in the 2001 census, and according to the National Records of Scotland the current population is 13,140.

The population here is diverse, and, as a result, there is a strong diversity of jobs. As expected, social and council housing are the norm here too – a typical quality of large towns like Fraserburgh.

When it comes to jobs, residents here work in a wide variety of industries, but manufacturing and construction are the most prominent. Health and social work services are also particularly active due to the wide range of services offered by the local community.

Nearby schools

Parents in Fraserburgh are offered plenty of choices when it comes to schools. There are four primary schools in the town, including Fraserburgh North School, Fraserburgh South Park School, Lochpots School, and St Andrew's School. With 367 pupils, Fraserburgh South Park School is the largest and best rated by Education Scotland. In its latest inspection report in 2010 it was rated ‘good’ in most areas.

While there is little choice for older pupils, there are still great options within Fraserburgh itself. Fraserburgh Academy is the local secondary school, while the North East Scotland College is the area’s college of further education.

Getting around

As a major town in Aberdeenshire there is plenty of great public transportation here. Buses and taxis are all in abundance and the roads are convenient for travelling by car.

What’s more, Fraserburgh also promises a scenic drive. Located at the far North East of Scotland, there are incredible coastline and countryside views all around – which can be appreciated on all forms of transport.

With city life in Aberdeen being just a few miles away, it’s easy to access the excellent public transport infrastructure of the city, which includes a ferry port, railway, and international airport, which sits 34 miles away.

Local shops

If you’re a fan of seafood you’ll love the local offerings in Fraserburgh. As one of the largest shellfish ports in Europe, residents can get their hands on the catch of the day, and shop locally at a whole range of independent stores.

Within the town, there are plenty of independent and high street stores to be found, making shopping for all those day-to-day essentials easy. The town is also home to an Asda store, Co-op, and Tesco Superstore, promising residents plenty of choice.

For a more diverse range of shops, all under one roof, why not head to nearby Aberdeen? Trinity Shopping Centre and Union Square Shopping Centre are two of the favourites here, offering plenty of choice for all shoppers.


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