Moray is home to a number of bustling market towns but none as charming as Buckie. Once a booming fishing and shipbuilding port, this small fishing town is today a thriving hub that centres around its large commercial harbour.
With its stunning beaches, spectacular scenery and an abundancy of wildlife, it’s easy to see why residents are happy to call this traditional town home.
The town is home to Buckie High School, a comprehensive six-year community school with roughly 900 students. It provides a range of additional educational support needs at their Special Education Department and serves the coastal communities of Portgordon, Buckie, Portessie, Findochty, Portknockie and Cullen.
It also features onsite amenities including a swimming pool and leisure complex, and extensive sports facilities.
The town is serviced with three primary schools: St. Peter’s RC Primary School, Cluny Primary School and Millbank Primary School, each having less than 400 pupils. A number of early learning groups and pre-school nurseries are also available locally.
Things to see and do
Fitness enthusiasts are well catered for with a number of leisure facilities being available in the town, including a gym; fitness club; squash courts; skate park; numerous football pitches; rugby field; cricket grounds and two outdoor bowling parks. The community leisure centre provides a 25-metre swimming pool, fitness studio, multiple gymnasiums, sauna and steam room.
Local sports clubs offer a range of activities including martial arts, amateur and semi-professional football clubs, running, water sports, surfing and dancing to name a few.
Should you prefer to participate in something a bit more leisurely, then why not take up golf? With two great links courses in Buckie and another 11 links and parkland courses located within a 20mile radius, there’s plenty of opportunity to perfect your swing on a variety of terrain.
Strathlene Golf Course is set to the east of town and is one of the oldest courses in the nation with some of the holes being 120 years old! Buckpool to the west, on the other hand, is known as one of Scottish Golf's best kept secrets. From their respective cliff top locations, each course offers a different challenge, while providing breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside on one side and spectacular panoramic views across the Moray Firth and the Caithness Hills beyond on the other. You may even be fortunate enough to see some dolphins.
Failing which, pop along to the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre where dolphins are regularly spotted at the mouth of the river Spey and close to the shoreline, along with ospreys, seals, a huge variety of bird life and the occasional otter! Or if you prefer to be more adventurous, take a trip on the Gemini Explorer. A marine wildlife tour that’s also available for private charter will take you to all the best places for spotting dolphins in the Moray Firth. Cameras at the ready!
If heritage is your thing then the Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre is certainly worthy of a visit. Step back in time to experience the character, history and traditions of the fishing and boat building industries in Buckie and District. The Centre contains a display of model fishing boats, past and present, as well as large displays of photographs and historic artefacts.
Buckie is ideally located for taking advantage of the many coastal walks and forest trails that surround the town. It offers a range of walking and cycling experiences including the Moray Coast Trail, the Fish Wives Path and the Speyside Way; one of four long distance routes which starts in Buckie, connecting the Moray Firth Coast with the edge of the Cairngorm National Park.
The idyllic town centre is home to a variety of local specialist shops including quality bakers, butchers, gift shops and fashion outlets, neighboured by a number of high street chains and supermarkets. With a selection of cafes and restaurants to choose from, there’s no shortage of places to go for a bite to eat.