Buckie

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Buckie is a Town on the Moray Coast area of Scotland, 53 miles east of Inverness, 16 miles east of Elgin.

Buckie is popular for its Fishing Museum, Boat Trips, and there are a number of Walks in the area including the Moray Way.

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Hotels B&Bs Self Catering
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See also a large Click On Map for the area Top Attractions.

Camping & 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 Andrew's Square.

All Saints Church was built in 1876, St Peters Church was completed in 1857.

Buckie & 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 Sea Birds.

Portessie is a small Village on the east side of Buckie with a long Shingle Beach, a popular spot to try and view Dolphins.

Strathlene Caravan 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.

Buckie History

1362 - the earliest record of Buckie is when lands of Rove Bucky were leased by John Hay to John Young.

1600s - an early Map shows Buckie as a Village, a short distance inland from where it is today.

1727 - Portessie became a Fishing Station with 5 houses built for the Fishermen. Other small Fishing Stations soon followed in the area.

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 country.

1900s early - Powered Fishing Boats began entering service, allowing the Buckie Fishermen to begin fishing further out into the North Sea.

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 closed.

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 and more.

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