Johnshaven, a historic fishing village, renowned for its shellfish and its annual Fish Festival draws visitors from around the world

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Johnshaven can be found on the Aberdeenshire Coast and is home to one of Aberdeenshire’s seven charming harbours. 

The village has its own quirks too. The ‘Sea Pie’, a steak beef, potato and onion medley, was born in Johnshaven. The local delicacy would have been lovingly made centuries ago to feed the crews of the fishing boats that came into the harbour.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, the Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Museum is a restored Lifeboat Shed. This quirky museum gives insight into Johnshaven’s seafaring souls and culture whilst also boasting impressive views towards the historic harbour.

The historic fishing village toasts its unique culture with an annual Fish Festival, attracting locals and visitors from across the world. The festival celebrates the village’s famous shellfish and its prominence in the maritime industry.

Inland, you will find Wairds Park, gifted to the village in 1923 by Miss Anna Scott. Today, the park has its own putting green, football pitch, playpark, bowling green and even caravan park.

Nearby is the option to play a round of golf on one of the region’s links courses with famous castles just a short distance away too.  

You can almost smell the tang of the sea air listening to singer songwriter and performer Andy Shanks bringing to life the fishing village of Johnshaven’s colourful past, full of smugglers, roguish fisherman and magical tales. 

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