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Peterhead Lido

Peterhead Lido


Peterhead Lido beach is unusual as it is set within in the Peterhead outer harbour. It is close to the marina, adjacent to the lido caravan park and the marine college. Peterhead is attractive for a range of water sports and dinghy sailing.


Peterhead has had a rich coastal history. The town, and the quaint fishing villages around it, have all kept their local charm and character from the 13th century. You can still visit a 16th century salmon fish house and watch the traditional smoking of salmon and trout. It was once a hub for Whaling and herring fishing and now it has busy fish markets that would rival all in Europe. The extensive harbours were built in the 19th century about the herring industry boom. Peterhead enjoyed prosperity beyond the herring boom through becoming a leader in white-fish and the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Peterhead Lido, although a stunning sandy beach, is known locally as “Blue Toon”. The reasons behind this become apparent when there is a strong North-easterly freeze fighting you.

Natural Space

Because of the working harbour and caravan park, Peterhead Lido is a lively fascinating beach with a lot going on in the area. Looking out to see you can see the breakwaters ahead, and a harbour with boats from all ages. On land, there is a caravan park situated next to the beach and the Scottish Maritime museum.


The beach is situated in Peterhead bay which gives it some shelter. There are many beaches along this coastline worth visiting. Cruden Bay lies 5 miles (8km) to the south, whilst Ugie beach and Golf Course is 2mile (3km) further North.

Getting There

The Lido is part of Peterhead Bay and is accessed from the car park sign posted from the A982. There is a walk down a steep road to the beach. Alternatively, access can be gained by driving to the marina and parking adjacent to the bay.  Peterhead Lido beach is within a mile of the Formatine and Buchan Way Cycle Route. Stagecoach Bluebird run bus service 60 from Aberdeen to Peterhead.

Water Quality Information

This beach is a designated bathing water site. Further information about water quality at this site can be found on the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so.

Contact Details

Aberdeenshire Council (Landscape Services)
Visit Website


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