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  • Buchan Ness Postcode AB42
  • Buchan Ness 57.4700138° N Longitude -1.7711744° W
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Buchan Ness Aberdeenshire

The lighthouse was built on this, the most easterly point of Scotland, a few miles south east of Peterhead in 1827, it was one of the most powerful and modern in Britain.

A beach of round stones joins the rock on which it stands to the mainland and the village of Boddam, and separates the two small fishing harbours of Boddam, officially designated a port by Act of Parliament in 1845.

Although originally an important fishing station, it is now virtually a suburb of Peterhead. This northern part of former Aberdeenshire is now in the District of Banff and Buchan of Grampian Region. It connotes the province, originally a Celtic mormaerdom and later a feudal earldom, extending from the river Ythan to the river Deveron, and thus including the rounded knuckle of Scotland nearest to Norway, sometimes called the North-East Neuk; a land that has a physical and ethnographic individuality so great that it is almost a synonym for Lowland character carried to its most eccentric extreme.

It is a low plateau much subdivided by ridges and hollows (usually called ‘the Howes o'Buchan‘), treeless in the main, windswept, and much subject to chilling blankets of haar or ‘Scotch mist’.

But this austere countryside. hallowed by centuries of back-breaking human toil, which has converted what was very largely a wilderness of peat bogs into a land of plenty, has its own peculiar and piercing beauty, founded on purity of line and colour. The most acute characterizations of Buchan that have been written are in the 'Buchan Doric’ its own richly idiosyncratic dialect.

There is perhaps a racial explanation for the stubborn individuality of the ‘Buchan loon’ (not lunatic, but lad). The plateau was invaded about 2000 B.C. by a race of men from Holland tall,

powerfully built, with round skulls, square jaws, and broad faces. They are called the Beaker Folk because of their peculiar burial customs, and they have been traced back from the mouth of the Rhine to central Europe. Their skeletons have been the subject of intensive anatomical study at Aberdeen University, this has brought out the interesting fact that the Beaker Folk retain much of the original strain in the physical make up of the present Aberdeenshire population.

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