Visit Newburgh and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Newburgh, Aberdeenshire. “A seaport village in Foveran parish, on the right side of the River Ythan 7 furlongs from the sea and 5 miles South East of Ellon Station.” So, rather quaintly, Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer put it seventy years ago. It went on to add: “Several schooners and steam vessels use the estuary, exporting grain and importing coal, timber, lime and bones”. That was at the end of the 19th century. Newburgh is still a seaport, though on a smaller scale. It still exports grain from the rich farmlands of Buchan and Formartine. It still imports coal as it has done for 300 years. The Ythan estuary is the largest on the Aberdeenshire coast, yet the stream that flows within it is a shrunken giant, a mere 40 miles long, in places but a burn meandering among the reeds — yet a burn that teems with fish to a degree unique for one of its size, a burn that, swollen by the tide, fills a basin 700 yds across. The secret of prehistory that explains this paradox is that once the Ythan rolled to meet the Rhine replete with the headwaters of the Deveron, the Bogie, the Shevock, and the Ury. All these it lost by river-capture, but the estuary it created in its heyday remains, and few of the 1,000 visitors who come to the village of Newburgh every year can have failed to thrill with the strange, haunting beauty of this wide, dune-fringed river mouth.
Most of them come to fish for the Ythan sea-trout, which are world-famous, though the river also has its brown trout and salmon. Others come to study and observe, for the Ythan estuary offers a special challenge to the sciences of nature, a fact catered for by Culterty, the University of Aberdeen's Zoological Field Station, formerly the home and bird sanctuary of the late Dr H. Edgar Smith. Newburgh also possesses raised beaches on three levels, flint-knapping sites where prehistoric man shaped his first tools, salt marshes teeming with every kind of estuarine life, and the mighty dunes that pile up to their dramatic climax on the North side of the estuary in the Sands of Foavia.
Nearby cities: Aberdeen
Nearby towns: Ellon, Kintore, Inverurie
Nearby villages: Aldie, Auchmacoy, Balmedie, Bankhead, Belhelvie, Bridge of Don, Bucksburn, Bucksburn, Bullers of Buchan, Collieston, Craigdam, Cruden Bay, Danestone, Denmore, Denmore, Dyce, Dyce, Elrick House, Glen Barry, Hatton, Hatton of Fintray, Inkhorn, Kirkton of Logie Buchan, Kirktown of Slains, Methlick, Newmachar, Oldmeldrum, Persley, Pitmedden, Pittrichie, Stoneywood, Stoneywood, Tarves, Tillery, Ythsie
Have you decided to visit Newburgh or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Newburgh bed and breakfast (a Newburgh B&B or Newburgh b and b)
- a Newburgh guesthouse
- a Newburgh hotel (or motel)
- a Newburgh self-catering establishment, or
- other Newburgh accommodation