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Boddam, Aberdeenshire

Welcome to Boddam - a village with character.

The village of Boddam, which has a population of over 1500, lies on the extreme outer shoulder of Northeast Scotland. 

Buchan Ness Lighthouse, Boddam’s well-loved landmark, stands 130 feet high. It was built in 1827 by Robert Stevenson. The lighthouse stands on the most easterly point in Scotland.  
Sandford Bay (1) can be reached by taking the public footpath from the north end of Harbour Street near Thistle Seafoods. Sandford Beach is an ideal secluded spot for picnics.  

Peterhead Power Station (2) was built in the 1970s.  Anglers often fish for sea bass at Sandford Bay as the  fish are attracted by the warm water from the station.  

Boddam Harbour (3) was constructed in 1831. After several additions it became a registered port in 1845. It is still used by local fishermen. Large numbers of seals may be observed on the rocks outside the harbour. Also, seabirds attract interest along the coastline.

At the south end of Harbour Street, overlooking the sea, stand granite seats known locally as “the seaties” (4). On the wall of the house shown there is a barometer which was gifted by the fourth Earl of Aberdeen.  
The First and Second World War Memorials are in Manse Terrace near Trinity Parish Church. Both memorials were constructed from granite blocks crafted locally.  

The picture opposite shows Stirling Village (7) on the main Aberdeen to Peterhead road, the A90. The village housed employees of the former local granite industry.  

The famous Peterhead granite quarries can be seen at Stirlinghill (11).  Many of the granite blocks quarried were crafted and polished in the former granite works north of Stirling Village, at Millbank.

In 2002, a Gateway (6), of local granite, was erected at the south entrance road to Boddam. A plaque marks Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. 


A tribute from the people of Boddam to Royal Air Force personnel who served at RAF Buchan was unveiled in 2009. The bronze statue of an airman, mounted on a granite plinth with plaque, looks out to sea from the south entrance to Boddam at the Jubilee Gateway and marks 52 years of RAF presence.

The RAF station occupied the site of the former Boddam railway terminus. RAF personnel, however, still remain at Remote Radar Head Buchan. Part of the site has been taken over by Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations. The rest of the land has been integrated into the village. It is now known as Buchan Braes (5) and has new businesses thereon.


To the south of the village stands Earl’s Lodge (formerly Buchanness Lodge)(8). This former marine villa, erected in 1840 by Lord Aberdeen, possesses a commanding view over the sea.  

The 16th century ruin of Boddam Castle (8) stands on a promontory between two deep gullies. This castle was the seat of Keith, Knight of Ludquharn, whose Coat of Arms is shown opposite.
Nearby, Jeannie Grieves (12) is a popular picturesque area with numerous rocks and pools.  

A view of the menacing cliffs at Dundonnie (9). This is the beginning of the coastal path which leads southwards to Longhaven and Bullers o’ Buchan.  
A picturesque scene of the Den Dam (10) and the surrounding heather-clad hills. This area is an archaeological site unique in Scotland for its flint mines. The annual model yachting races known as “The Boaties” are held at the Den Dam in June. Near the Den Dam there is the popular Braeside Trout Fishery.  

The famous Peterhead granite quarries can be seen at Stirlinghill (11).  Many of the granite blocks quarried were crafted and polished in the former granite works north of Stirling Village, at Millbank.

Local Facilities, Amenities and Businesses :

· Three Churches and two Meeting Halls

· Primary School

· Doctor’s Surgery

· Post Office

· Library

· Public Hall

· Playgroup and 2’s Group

· Two Shops and a Fish and Chip Shop

· Sheltered Housing for the elderly

· Four Garages with Car Sales

· Fish Processing Factory

· Playing Fields and Play Areas

· Several Commercial Businesses

· Braeside Trout Fishery

· Nursery and Out of School Club

· Smiths Woollen Mill and Shop

· Care Agency

· Craft Shop.



Where to stay :

· Buchan Braes Coastal Hotel (4 star)

· Seaview Hotel, Seaview Road

· Rocksley Inn, Stirling Village

· Buchan Ness Lighthouse Holidays

Note: Lighthouse not open to public.  


Places to visit in the area :-

· Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh

· Aden Country Park, Mintlaw

· Slains Castle, Cruden Bay

· Golf courses at Cruden Bay, Peterhead & Longside.  




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January, 2011.

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