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Findochty


Moray

A resort and fishertown in the Moray parish of Rathven, situated between two headlands on the Moray Firth coast between Buckie and Cullen. Known locally as Finechty, the 'Manor, port, customs and fisher lands' of Findochty existed as early as 1598 when they were acquired by the Ord family. But it was not until 1716, when Thomas Ord of Findochty Castle allegedly imported 13 men and four boys of Fraserburgh to fish, that the settlement began to grow into a fishertown. It developed with the white fish and herring trade during the 19th Century, but today David Stevenson's Hythe Harbour of the 1880s is largely frequented by leisure craft.

The Gothic Church (1863) on Long Head once acted as a beacon to fishermen and to the west, at the end of a drained loch on Findochty Moor, stand the ruins of Findochty castle, an L-plan keep dating from the 15th century. The Moor was the scene of the Battle of the Bauds in 961 AD when the Norse, led by Eric of the Bloody Axe, were routed by the Scots. The King's Cairn marks the spot where the King Indulf fell in battle.

The town has a watersports club and an 18 hole golf course.


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