Stirling Hill

A modest coastal summit in Buchan in NE Aberdeenshire, Stirling Hill rises to 88m (288 feet) a half-mile (1 km) south southwest of Stirling and a mile (1.5 km) southwest of Boddam. It is much denuded by a series of quarries which extracted the so-called Peterhead granite, an industry which reached its peak towards the end of the 19th century. Exported around the world, this granite was particularly valued for its red colour, large grain and high quality. For many years, the quarry provided 'hard labour' for inmates of Peterhead Prison. Most of the smaller quarries closed in the 1950s, but the enormous Stirlinghill Quarry still produces granite for use as aggregate.

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