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Stonehaven is special, superbly set in the sweeping curve of Stonehaven Bay which rises on either side cliffs 100ft high each carrying a scenic road. The bay bursts on the visitor like a flower as it comes into sight."

A holiday town of 10,794 people (Jan 2006), it lies fifteen miles south of Aberdeen , the oil capital of Europe and at the southern gateway to Royal Deeside. At the North end and stretching seawards is long pencil-like Garron Point, carrying the town's testing 18-hole golf course on top like an aircraft carrier.

From there looking South is one of the most captivating coastal views in the country. At its furthest point can be seen the white 150ft high sheer cliffs of Fowlhaugh, the sanctuary home of millions of seabirds.

At the south side of the Bay, 1.6 miles from the Garron stands the cliffs of hump-backed Downie Point, guardian to Stonehaven's enchanting harbour lying below the coast road to Bervie. It is one of the most photographed boat havens in Britain, spectacular by day, sparkling with lights by night.

Back North across the Bay close to the former fishing village of Cowie, at one time a Royal Burgh, lies the town's famous Art Deco open-air heated swimming pool.

A mile or so to the South of Stonehaven standing out from the coast on a stupendous rock is the great castle of Dunnottar.

Where famous people are concerned, Stonehaven's greatest son is Robert William Thomson the most prolific inventor of the 19th century and inventor of the Pneumatic (Rubber) tyre.


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Facts     William Wallace attacked the nearby Dunnottar Castle, killing nearly all inside.