Pennan Fishing Village

Street view at sunset of Pennan Cottages

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Situated on the northern coast of Aberdeenshire, Pennan is a delightfully rugged fishing village featuring no more than a handful of gable-ended whitewashed cottages that teeter on the water’s edge. Set at the bottom of a steep hill, the village is most well-known as the location for the cult British film Local Hero – the phone box that features in the movie now claiming both cult and listed buildings status – although the pebble beach is also a prime spot for watching dolphins and seals lounging on the rocks just outside Pennan.
Street view at sunset of Pennan Cottages

One of the main filming locations for Local Hero with the village's red phone box featuring heavily.

Down an extremely steep and twisty road is the hidden fishing village of Pennan. A single row of houses hugs the base of the cliffs looking out over the North Sea.  These are only protected from gales by the width of the narrow main street and a paltry sea wall.  The Pennan Inn has undergone a succession of makeovers over the last decade.  Moreover, at the time of writing in 2022, it seems to be a B&B and gallery.  Despite obvious tourist appeal the village doesn’t tend to get overrun and it’s a great, place to escape the rush of daily life.

The sparkling blue waters of Pennan ebb and flow, in and out of the tidal harbour.  Equally, the cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop to one of the prettiest Scottish Sea Villages.  What’s more Pennan is situated in an area of outstanding Natural Beauty and is a serene place where little has changed for many years. for more information on this and other Fishing Villages in the area. 

Finally, parking on the seafront is very limited, perhaps best to park at the car park halfway down the steep hill.

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Gannet colony at troup head is one of the biggest colonies in the UK. They are distinctively shaped with a long neck and long pointed beak. Often travelling in small groups they feed by flying high before plunging into the sea to catch fish.

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As voted by National Geographic Top Rated Places to Visit – “A wonderful region of Scotland. Beaches are fantastic, and the area welcomes visitors as one of their own. Largely rural. People work together for the greater good–fishermen tolerate canoeists; farmers allow walkers to pass over their land on footpaths, etc.”

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There are exciting cycling routes east, west and south of Sandend Holidays.

Cycling is a very popular activity in Aberdeenshire and Morayshire.

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