Wednesday, 25 January 2012

BUCKIE

During my time blogging around the British coast, I have come across a number of local websites featuring old photographs of the locality in question, and on googling for Buckie I have found another one. At risk of repeating myself, I think these websites are a wonderful way of preserving the local heritage and sharing it with the world at large. On the Buckie website, as well as a large collection of modern photographs of the town, there is a treasure trove of fascinating old postcards, oozing with nostalgia.

Buckie, which lies at the mouth of the Buckie Burn, has a long-standing fishing industry, involving both the catching of fish and processing, with the fish-processing plants based here producing such delicacies as fresh and frozen langoustine and smoked salmon. There is also a shipyard devoted to the building of and repairs to a range of craft including fishing vessels. The Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre shares the town's fishing tradition past and present with visitors. The harbour is named Cluny Harbour after the family which built it in 1877. A former harbour called Buckpool Harbour has been filled in and converted into a park, and it is the finishing point of the Speyside Way (or the starting point, depending on which way you choose to do it). In summer there are boat trips, some of which venture out into the Moray Firth in search of the pods of dolphins for which this stretch of water is so famous. Buckie has a number of churches, including St Peter's, whose twin spires tower over the town.

Map of the area.


© 1984 Anne Burgess, via Wikimedia Commons

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