Buckie is a Town on the Moray Coast
area of Scotland, 53 miles east of
Inverness, 16 miles east
Buckie is popular for its Fishing
Trips, and there are a number of
the area including the Moray Way.
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
Touring Parks in the area.
The image top is of Cluny Square, the centre
of Buckie where most of the shops are situated,
and Buckie North Church completed in 1879.
The second image is is of the War Memorial
at Cluny Square, with the Harbour downhill and
to the right of the Memorial.
The third image is from Cluny Square looking
west along West Church Street with All Saints
Church at Cluny Square, and St Peters Church at
the far end of West Church Street, at St
Church was built in 1876, St Peters
Church was completed in 1857.
District Fishing Heritage Centre is
situated on Cluny Place, just past All Saints
Church. This is a Free Museum giving the
history of Fishing in the area. This Coast was
booming in the mid 1800s after the Railways
reached the area, allowing the fish to be
transported around the country.
The Fishwives Path
information is at the Heritage Centre. This
Path was used by Fishwives delivering Fish
throughout the area in Wicker Baskets on their
backs, up to 40lbs of fish at a time.
Buckie Harbour is home to a number of modern
Fishing Boats, and the Gemini Explorer for Boat Trips in
search of Dolphins, Whales, and a wide range of
Portessie is a small Village on the east
side of Buckie with a long Shingle Beach, a
popular spot to try and view Dolphins.
Park is by the Shingle Beach with pitches
for Touring and Camping.
At the east end of the Beach is Strathlene Golf Club,
founded in 1877.
1362 - the earliest record of Buckie is when
lands of Rove Bucky were leased by John Hay to
1600s - an early Map shows Buckie as a
Village, a short distance inland from where it
1727 - Portessie became a Fishing Station
with 5 houses built for the Fishermen. Other
small Fishing Stations soon followed in the
1773 - Letterfourie
House was built by Robert Adam for the
Gordon family of Cluny, landowners in the area,
about 3 miles inland from Portessie.
1800s - the Town of Buckie was laid out
above the Fishing Stations by the Gordon family
of Letterfourie House. Cluny Square was named
after the Land owned by the Gordon's.
1857 - St Peters Church was completed,
followed by All Saints Church in 1876, and
North Church in 1879.
1877 - much of the large Harbour seen today
was built by the Gordon's, named Cluny Harbour.
This was a time Fishermen were using Sail Boats
to catch the Fish.
1886 - the Railway reached
Buckie, a time Fishing was a huge industry,
with Trains used to transport Fish around the
1900s early - Powered Fishing Boats began
entering service, allowing the Buckie Fishermen
to begin fishing further out into the North
1960 - there were about 100 Fishing Boats
working out of Buckie. This was a time Quotas
were being introduced to try and prevent the
Over Fishing of certain Fish.
1968 - the Railway Station at Buckie was
2000s - many Fishing Boats were
Decommissioned after Quotas were introduced on
most Fish caught in the North Sea.
2000s - Squid Fishing from Buckie and other
Moray ports increased with good stocks of Squid
in the Moray Firth.
With Fish Stocks now said to be under
control, the most sought after Fish in the
Moray Firth and North Sea are Herring,
Mackerel, Cod, Whiting, Coalfish, Plaice, and
Sole. Shelfish landed are Shrimp, Lobster, Crab