Coast­ing along to find per­fect home

North-east of­fers wide range of sea­side op­tions

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING -

IMAG­INE wak­ing up to in­vig­o­rat­ing fresh air, with beau­ti­ful views for as far as you can see. The North-east of Scot­land has a plethora of lo­ca­tions by the sea, of­fer­ing a great qual­ity of fam­ily life. If you have a coastal lo­ca­tion in mind, you might like to con­sider some of these ar­eas: South of Aberdeen is the Mearns – com­pris­ing a va­ri­ety of pop­u­lar lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing St Cyrus, with its beau­ti­ful na­ture re­serve, and the quaint fish­ing vil­lages of John­shaven and Gour­don. Slightly big­ger are In­ver­bervie and Lau­rencekirk, and all within rea­son­able com­mut­ing dis­tance of Aberdeen. Stone­haven is a per­pet­u­ally pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion, both for fam­i­lies look­ing to set­tle and for tourists. It’s a thriv­ing fish­ing and mar­ket town, a hol­i­day haven with beau­ti­ful coastal views, and fine pubs and restau­rants. Be­yond Aberdeen is Buchan – a re­gion of the North-east with its own dis­tinct iden­tity, where the North Sea meets the Mo­ray Firth. Here you will find Fraserburgh, a fish­ing port with award-win­ning sandy beaches, and nearby Peter­head with its two har­bours and a long his­tory of life linked to the sea. Af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to as the Blue Toon – Peter­head is a bustling town with lots to of­fer a fam­ily. And it boasts its own foot­ball team for those who en­joy sup­port­ing a lo­cal side. And if you pre­fer some­where qui­eter and out of town, there are lots of vil­lages nearby. Near Fraserburgh you will find the vil­lages of Cairn­bulg and New Pit­sligo for ex­am­ple, while close to Peter­head is Stu­ar­t­field, Cru­den Bay, Old Deer, St Fer­gus, Long­side and Fet­teran­gus. On a big­ger scale is the town of Mint­law, which lies be­tween the two. Trav­el­ling fur­ther north again will bring you to one of the most in­ter­est­ing and beau­ti­ful parts of the North-east. Banff Bay is beau­ti­ful and renowned for its surf­ing waves and golden sands, while the town has medieval ori­gins and a de­light­ful har­bour. Its neigh­bour­ing town, Mac­duff, is also a gem and is noted for its fish houses where you can choose from the day’s catch.

GREAT PLACES: Bod­dam light­house and, in­set, Stone­haven har­bour and cy­clists en­joy­ing the town’s beach.

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