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Review: Pennan

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Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

An attractive small fishing village on the Moray Firth

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  • Sep 2013
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Pennan is a small Moray Firth fishing village about 112miles west of Fraserburgh. Huddled under red sandstone cliffs it has a small harbour at the mouth of the stream which has cut a deep gorge down through the cliff. The road drops steeply down from the plateau above to the settlement. The single row of white houses under the cliff are built with the gable end facing the sea to reduce exposure to the elements. There is just enough space for the road and narrow grassy area in front of the houses protected by a concrete sea wall. The wire lines are now used to hang washing to dry rather than nets. This used to be an important fishing harbour, but now it is mainly pleasure boats although there were a few lobster and crab pots around the harbour.



There are many incomers living here. There are several self catering properties, B&B and the Pennan Inn which serves lunches and evening meals. A sign on the wall explains that the film “Local Hero” was shot here.



Locals park along the village street, but there is a small car park at the end of the street by the Village Hall which has very clean public toilets. The new septic tank is here with information boards about the installation and how it works to improve the quality of water being released into the bay and the benefits to marine life.



Even on a cold and dull day, this is an attractive settlement and worth a visit.

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