The Peterhead Trail

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Smugglers, Jacobites, secret passages, heroes, poets, unexpected Royalty, influential ladies, ghosts, war, witchcraft, murder, armed rebellion and piracy - a fine day out in Peterhead.

Put on your walking shoes and let the story begin....

From the haunting tale of Auld Harry in the harbour, to witch trials, and the dubious business activities of Bailie Alexander Elles - explore the town, and over 500 years of scurrilous gossip.

Which mysterious monarch turned up just before Christmas 1715? Meet Fisher Jessie, and see the gift that William of Prussia sent to the people of Peterhead. Find out how a loving Aunt's legacy caused terror, and hear how cannons salvaged from the Spanish Armada defended the town. Why is Peterhead called the Blootoon? Which U Boat commander flushed his career away of the Buchan coast?

Follow the Peterhead Town Trail for the whole torrid story of Britain's most easterly town. This is a free self-guided tour around Peterhead. 26 story boards tell tales from Peterhead’s past. 

There are three routes – a short town centre route, a longer route incorporating the town centre and along the coast past Buchanhaven and the third is our brand new trail extension between Peterhead town centre and Prison Museum.

You don't have walk the whole trail at once - dip in and out at your own pace. Enjoy the fresh air and explore the UK's sunniest town. Trail maps are available at the Arbuthnot Museum and many other outlets around town.

  • Opening Times

    Open All Year

    The trail is self-guided and available to complete all year round.
  • Facilities
    • Toilets
    • Gift Shop
    • Child Friendly
    • Pets Allowed
    • Parking
    • Public Transport
    • Tours