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Stonehaven
Stonehaven is a Scottish village surrounded by landscapes, history, and folklore which all combine to create a place bursting with mystery and beauty. The town’s sandy seafront and picture perfect harbor is home to some of the region’s top eateries and nearby lies one of Scotland’s most renown sites, Dunnottar Castle.

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Stonehaven Village
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Hogmany in the Highlands

Oh, Scotland. There really is no place in the world like Scotland. Landscapes, history, and folklore all combine to create a place bursting with mystery and beauty. I could talk all day about Scotland, but for this particular daily dose of Europe, I am focusing on New Years in the north eastern part of the country.

New Year’s Eve, or Hogmany as its known in Scotland, is a big deal. Revelers from coast to coast set to prepare for a long night of fun, family, and festivities all across the country. Its origins date back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Vikings with wild parties in late December, so you could say it’s a tradition that has been around quite a while – over 1,000 years.

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Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

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Local Tips

There is a wee hill overlooking the harbor that you will want to check out. The hill has great views of the local harbor, sea, and surrounding countryside.

Nearby you will find Dunnottar Castle and if you can stay in the area until sunset you'll be rewarded with outstanding views of the medieval castle and gorgeous coastline.

Where To Stay

You’ll most likely visit Stonehaven as part of a day trip but if you decide to stay here you can find a nice little B&B in the center of town, or look for a quaint cottage a couple miles outside of town for a more secluded experience.

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Local Eats

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Seafood is the name of the game in coastal Scotland. Try some local haddock at one of the local eateries in the harbor!
Did you know Scotland is known for...
Also Scotland is well known for its fried foods and Stonehaven is the first place in the world to bring us a deep fried mars bar.

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