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

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

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.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Christmas Extravaganza In Stonehaven

Lots of exciting things happening in Stonehaven on Saturday 28th November.

This year’s Stonehaven Business Association Christmas events in the Market Square are being organised by the lovely ladies at My Beautiful Caravan and Nial Menzies from DE Shoes.

The Day starts at 10am with lots of offers in the shops, music in the square, facepainting and other attractions. Keep up to date at  https://www.facebook.com/SBA.Stonehaven/ 

The Parade is being organised by Chris Simpson from Ma Simpson's so if you're interested in taking part please contact her at the shop. This year’s theme is Christmas songs and Carols.

The Parade will leave the leisure centre at 4pm, with light switch on being around 4.30pm.

Special Guests will be Anna and Elsa from the Disney film Frozen, who  will be attending between 1 and 3pm.

Don't let your kids miss out. We're offering a prize for the best dressed Prince or Princess too.

There will be a window competition for the kids. They need to find the Reindeer in shop windows. (Forms available from My Beautiful Caravan).

Reindeer are being expertly coloured by the 2nd Stonehaven Brownies in preparation.

Please go along and enjoy the fun.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Stonehaven Featured on New Bucket List

New ‘Bucket List’ Road Trip Created as UK & Ireland’s Answer to Route 66

An estimated 200,000 people travel from across America and the world every year to drive all or part of the iconic Route 66 (1) stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles.
The route has great historical and cultural significance, forming part of a ‘bucket list’ for many people, and ranked by Britons in the top 10 of ‘things to do before you die’ (2)
To help people explore the UK & Ireland, Jurys Inns Hotels have created a new road trip to go onto the bucket list… introducing ‘Route 57’ – a drive across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland with 57 must-see destinations along the way, of similar mileage and drive-time to Route 66.
The route is made up of ten shorter road trips to allow people to do part or all of the route at their leisure, in any order, all at once or gradually.
Jurys Inn Hotels hope to see it turn into a bucket list item, boosting local tourism with people travelling from home and abroad for the drive, just like with Route 66.
See Route 57 at jurysinns.com/route57-roadtrips, complete with pictures and descriptions of all 57 destinations and a map at the end for journey planning.

For more information please contact Ardziv Simonian from agenda21 digital
Email: asimonian@agenda21digital.com Phone: +44 (0)2070360774

(  1)     Route 66 Recommissioning Initiative: http://www.bringbackroute66.com/theplan.html
    2)     Average British bucket list 2014, survey by Engage Mutual: http://www.onefamily.com/our-story/media-centre/2014/surprises-in-average-british-bucket-list/

(   3)     Route 57 Road Trip: https://www.jurysinns.com/route57-roadtrips/

Monday, 24 August 2015


 It's tempting to think that here, in this quiet corner of Northeast Scotland, people can go about their business more or less unwatched by the rest of the world. Far from it! No sooner the story about Aberdeenshire's idea of removing a banner from the Carron Fish Bar hailing it as the “Birth Place of the World Famous Deep Fried Mars Bar“ hit national headlines last week, it also found its way into Irish papers. In fact, in less than two days it travelled around the globe.

The story was covered by several Australian papers. The Sydney Daily Telegraph even dubbed it “Fried Mars Bar Brouhaha“. A South African news site summarised the events as  “Home of deep-fried Mars bar battered“. CNBC featured the story by asking “Is this the end of Scotland's deep-fried Mars Bar?“. An Indian food lovers' website published an opinion piece titled “In Defence of the Deep-Fried Mars Bar“. A columnist at 'The Times of Oman' took the story to yet another level by firmly taking Aberdeenshire Council's side and presenting their action as an attempt to distance themselves from the promotion of unhealthy snacks and from the image of Scots as an army of fatties fatefully addicted to all things deep-fried. Even the online service of travel guide Lonely Planet had its say by informing readers about the banner incident.

While Aberdeenshire Council's request to remove the advert was intended to enhance the appearance of Stonehaven, the effect has been global publicity for the Carron Fish Bar and the town itself. It wouldn't come as a surprise if even more visitors flocked to Stonehaven now in order of taking a look at the controversial banner and the chip shop which is now well and truly world-famous.

This article by Regina Erich who runs a self catering accommodation business in Stonehaven www.arduthiegardenflat.com/

Friday, 5 June 2015

Stonehaven boutique "My Beautiful Caravan" has had an outstanding first year in business.

The quirky gift and vintage shop, which opened in March 2014, recently celebrated its 1st birthday after achieving great things in those first 12 months.  The tiny shop which many thought would not do well (other businesses locally are floundering and 3 closed last week) has astonished the community by surviving and thriving.  Achievements include tripling projected turnover, employing four permanent staff and proudly supporting many local community projects and charities.

The cherry on the cake came when they were announced last month as one of only 3 finalists in the prestigious Trend Life with Style Awards 2015 in the category "Best New Business".   The Awards will be held on 18 June at the Ardoe House in Aberdeen.

The shop will launch online trading later in the year.

For more information please visit www.facebook.com/mybeautifulcaravan or call owner Liz Thomson on 07802 951904.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Stonehaven put on probably it's biggest event to date on Hogmany when Open Air in the Square was revised after no event in 2011 due to lack of volunteers.

Thanks to the tenacity of local hotel owner Michelle Ward the Market Square attracted it's biggest ever crowd with a variety of talented entertainers.

Michelle was ably supported by an enthusiastic commitee who formed Stonehaven Festivals and Events Group a registered charity.

The event kicked off at 2pm with the Lyndsay School of Dance and foreign visitors enjoyed the traditional Highland Dancing.

Local band Evening Sprint all pupils at Mackie Academy played an excellent set, before the Blazing Fiddle closed the afternoon performance.

The Market Square closed from 6pm to 8.30 pm when large crowds gathered to be entertained by
former Stonehaven lad Colin Clyne who has been making a musical career for himself in America.

Evening Sprint took the stage again to a much larger audience and wowed the crowd.

Local girl Amy Sawyer and her band gained a lot more fans after a brilliant performance.

Some of the crowd did not want to miss the famous Fireballs Festival and left for a short while and returned to see the last part of the Red Hot Chill Pipers performance.

Considering Stonehaven was affected by floods twice in the last few weeks, this was a magnificent effort which brought plenty cheer. The video below by Billy Allan gives you a little flavour of what it was like.

What an atmosphere in the town and what a well behaved crowd.The Red Hot Chilli Pipers proved to be a class act and as many people said " What a way to bring in the New Year.

The organisers deserve a lot of credit for staging this event despite the many obstacles they faced with regard to Health & Safety.They did underestimate the popularity of the bar manned by volunteers but no doubt lessons have been learned.

All in all I thought it was a first class event.