Market Buildings in Stonehaven's Market Square - in 2012
The harbour area of Stonehaven - in 2012
The stout fortress of Dunnottar Castle
Stonehaven
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In tourist literature, the town of Stonehaven describes itself as 'The Coastal Gem'. Most places that want to attract visitors with money to spend would wish to describe themselves in a manner that puts them in the best possible light, and I dare say that all over Scotland there are sundry towns and villages that are 'gems', some being better gems than others. I vaguely recall visiting Stonehaven in the 1990s, and what memory I have left of the experience is that Stonehaven didn't do a lot for me. It seemed typical of many coastal seaside resorts in that its heyday was behind it, folk were holidaying abroad, and the old peeling-paint syndrome was setting in. So, you will understand when I say that it was with mixed feelings that I visited the town for this guide. But, I'll tell you this, I was surprised. Pleasantly surprised. Because the Stonehaven of today feels once again like an exciting seaside resort. The area around the harbour is most attractive, with a good range of bars and things to look at it. And Stonehaven's authorities have done a good job. They have constructed a wooden walkway leading from the harbour along the coast towards the promenade and Stonehaven's real gem, namely, the heated open air pool. This is something more than a little bit special. It was built in the 1930s, and if it hadn't been for some sensible Stonehaven folk it would have closed down in the 1990s. As in some other towns, it would probably have been turned into a car-park. But thankfully it survives, a true jewel in Stonehaven's tourist crown, and a top-rate attraction.
MARKET BUILDINGS, STONEHAVEN
STONEHAVEN'S HARBOUR AREA
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE
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How to
GET THERE

You can get a train to Stonehaven from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
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