Welcome to Footsteps through Fraserburgh

This website is showcasing the cultural heritage path of Fraserburgh.

You can access it digitally or physically; If you are in Fraserburgh, please scan the QR codes on site to be directed to the relevant information within this website. You can start your walk at any point.

If you explore this website away from Fraserburgh, you can enjoy the views, visualisations and information about the town.

You can achieve the best experience if you use a cardboard VR viewer when you see the symbol

This website is presenting our Heritage within Fraserburgh, our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. We applied 3D scanning technologies to digitally document a number of sites and develop interactive resources. We amassed hundreds of millions dimensionally accurate points throughout Fraserburgh, which allowed us to develop the visualisations presented within the website. Based on these, we created visualisations and flythrough videos you can enjoy within the website.

You should allow yourself about a couple of hours for exploring the many facets of this intriguing town. The stopping points we’ve chosen will help you to discover much of our long and memorable history of fishing, boatbuilding and much, much more. And to find out about some of the colourful characters from the past. We hope you enjoy tracing their footsteps.


Starting the walk...

You can start anywhere on this walk but it’s best to begin at Kinnaird Head, right at the north-eastern corner of Scotland. You’ll see that all the stops are numbered on the map and your device will tell you when you reach each one. All you need to do is click to hear the story about that part of Fraserburgh. You can skip a stop or you can go back to an earlier one. You may have to adjust the volume to compete with our boisterous herring gulls!

While you’re enjoying your walk, take a break in one of our friendly cafés or have a meal in a restaurant. There are lots to choose from. Better still, stay the night and explore this whole area with its many historic sites, long sandy beaches, nature reserves, spectacular coastline and lots of activities to enjoy. You can ramble, cycle, surf, play golf, take a boat trip, go sea angling or watch skeins of geese. You choose. Go to discoverfraserburgh.com for lots more ideas. Or find us on YouTube.


The Romans knew about this part of Scotland and the Vikings raided it later. But Fraserburgh owes its name to the Fraser family, the local landowners who became the Earls of Saltoun. This was their town, their burgh. It’s pronounced ‘broch’ and that’s the name we use for our town. In the sixteenth century, the Broch grew inland from the tiny fishing community of Faithlie and it’s now one of the country’s busiest fishing ports. It’s also a great place for a holiday. The Frasers planned the grid pattern of streets to make this the earliest of the new towns in Scotland. You’ll see many of the distinctive churches, civic buildings and merchants’ premises that have been built over the years to grace our streets. And, as you explore, you’ll find out that a great deal has happened here over the centuries.

Opening of Faithlie Harbour 1914