Welcome to the Stonehaven Guide Blog

Stonehaven is the main county town of Kincardineshire and the Mearns, although, due to Local Government changes, the town now lies within Aberdeenshire.
It is a special place to visit and to live in because of it's sense of history, with the impressive ruined fortress of Dunnottar Castle, the awe inspiring views of the sea and harbour, the friendliness of the local people and close proximity to many attractions around the area



Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Mearns Connection Festival 2016


The Mearns Connection Festival celebrates the work of the three most famous people with links to The Mearns in the North East of Scotland.


Lewis Grassic Gibbon was the pseudonym of James Leslie Mitchell[1](13 February 1901 – 7 February 1935), a Scottish writer.  
Born in Auchterless, and raised inArbuthnott in the former county ofKincardineshire, Mitchell started working as a journalist for the Aberdeen Journalin 1917 and later for the Farmers Weeklyfollowing a move to Glasgow.[2] Around this time he was active with the British Socialist Party.[3] In 1919 he joined theRoyal Army Service Corps and served inIran, India and Egypt before enlisting in the Royal Air Force in 1920. In the RAF he worked as a clerk and spent some time in the Middle East. He married Rebecca Middleton (known as "Ray") in 1925 and they settled in Welwyn Garden City. He began writing full-time in 1929. Mitchell wrote numerous books and shorter works under both his real name and his nom de plume before his early death in 1935 of peritonitis brought on by a perforated ulcer.
Mitchell attracted attention from his earliest attempts at fiction, notably fromH. G. Wells, but it was his trilogy entitledA Scots Quair, and in particular its first book Sunset Song, with which he made his mark. A Scots Quair, with its combination of stream-of-consciousness, lyrical use of dialect, and social realism, is considered to be among the defining works of the 20th century Scottish Renaissance. It tells the story of Chris Guthrie, a young woman growing up in the north-east of Scotland in the early 20th century. All three parts of the trilogy have been turned into serials by BBC Scotland, written by Bill Craig, with Vivien Heilbron as Chris. Spartacus, a novel set in the famous slave revolt, is his best-known full-length work outside this trilogy.
Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (18 May 1921 – 16 August 1963) was a British artist noted for her portraiture of street children in Glasgow and for her landscapes of the fishing village of Catterline and surroundings on the North-East coast of Scotland...... Read More


Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets,[nb 1] was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a lightScots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest……Read More 

The Annual Festival is to be held over a weeekend from Fri 15th August to Sun 17th Aug 2016.




Monday, 6 June 2016

Dunnottar Castle





Interesting information on the history of Dunnottar Castle. What do you think?
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Wednesday, 6 January 2016


As I listen to the howling gales and watch the devastation caused in areas of Aberdeenshire not far from my home in Stonehaven, I just feel so lucky that I do not have to travel far in this weather.

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Enjoy the Land Train on Christmas Extravaganza Day

Stonehaven Town Partnership will be operating the land Train as part of the Stonehaven Business Association Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 28th November. See Timetables below.


Land Train Timetable

Saturday 28th November

Morning Timetable:

Departing Market Square - 10.30, 11.15, 12.00 12.45 to 1.15 lunch break.

Afternoon Timetable: Departing Market Square - 13.15, 14.00, 14.45

Fares as follows: Children over 2 - 12 £2.00

Adults £3.50 Family 2 + 2 £10 (2 children and 2 adult)
Adult concessions £3.00

The Land Train will run a shorter route from Market Square, heading to the Harbour, then to the QEII Caravan Park and back to Market Square

Land Train will also be taking part in the Christmas Parade from the Leisure Centre at 16.00

Go along, Have fun and support the local businesses


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

DM Hall sponsors Stonehaven swimmers


DM Hall, one of Scotlands leading independent firms of Chartered Surveyors, has agreed to sponsor Stonehaven Amateur Swimming Club, the highly successful competitive swimming club which serves the communities of Stonehaven and Mearns.

Stonehaven ASC, which is based at Stonehaven Leisure Centre and has around 70 members ranging in age from 7 to 17, recently saw one of its swimmers, Kieran Preston, win a bronze medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa.

Based at Stonehaven Leisure Centre, it also conducts training sessions at Aberdeen Sports Village, Robert Gordons University and Portlethen swimming pool.

In return for its financial support, DM Hall will see its brand logo reproduced on the clubs tee shirts, newsletter and Facebook page.

Stuart Johnston, commercial partner at DM Hall's Aberdeen office, said: "We see our sponsorship of Stonehaven ASC accomplishing two objectives: first, we strongly support the concept of engagement with communities in all the towns and cities of Scotland in which we have a presence, and, second, we value the opportunity to raise the profile of the DM Hall brand amongst the large number of families participating in competitive swimming across Aberdeenshire and the north east.

David Watt, Chairperson at Stonehaven ASC, said: We greatly welcome support from DM Hall in helping us to make our swimming club one of the most innovative in the region. Swimming is a fantastic sport for youngsters and DM Hall should be applauded for its contribution to helping us to offer sporting opportunities for young people now and in the future.


For further information on Stonehaven ASC please email
sasc_correspondence@hotmail.com

For further information about DM Hall's Scotland-wide network of offices, please contact Neil McKenzie, Marketing Manager, DM Hall, 14 Newton Place, Glasgow G3 7PY. T: 0141 352 6413. M: 07786 362517. F: 0141 332 4867.
E:neil.mckenzie@dmhall.co.uk. W: www.dmhall.co.uk.