Stonehaven In Scotland, Aberdeenshire

Old Stonehaven local history

The sheltered working harbour of Stonehaven in northeast Scotland is home to a small community. 

But Stonehaven has a famous tradition for Hogmanay Fireballs, a parade where balls of flame are twirled around the streets before being thrown into the sea. It’s also the annual venue for a highly regarded folk festival.

Stonehaven’s railway station survived the Jeremy Beecham cuts of the 1960s and is still operating today. The Caledonian sleeper service London to Scotland stops here.

Old Photos And History Of Stonehaven

Old Photographs Of Stonehaven 

Tourscotland: Published on 2 Dec 2016. Video of photographs of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.

Stonehaven had grown around an Iron Age fishing village, now the Auld Toon, and expanded inland from the seaside. Stonehaven was a Jacobite town in 1715 and it was a safe base for the retreating Jacobite army to stay overnight on the night in February 1716. In 1745 Stonehaven, part of the Episcopalian north east, was again reliably Jacobite and it was one of the north eastern ports where reinforcements, plus money and equipment were periodically landed from France.

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History Scotland Podcast: Stonehaven

History Scotland: Published on 31 Jan 2017. In Episode 1 of the History Scotland – Hidden Histories Podcast, Neil McLennan explores lesser-known visitor attractions in and around Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, taking in the famous fireball New Year celebrations. 

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Stonehaven In The 1990s

Trains between Stonehaven & Dundee (1990)

Ron Smith: Published on 28 Nov 2014. Trains operating between Stonehaven and Dundee with a class 47 in a “push-pull” train and Intercity 125 on 10th March 1990.

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Hogmanay Fireballs In Stonehaven

Stonehaven Fireballs (1999)

Stonehavenfireballs: Published on 22 Nov 2007. Gill Walker leads off in 1999.

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Stonehaven Fireballs (2007)

Iain Shanks: Published on 2 Jan 2007. Brief video of the fireballs.

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The Stonehaven Folk Festival

Stonehaven Music Fest (2007)

Rustylug: Published on 8 Jul 2007.

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Stonehaven Music Fest (2007)

Rustylug: Published on 8 Jul 2007.

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Stonehaven Folk Festival (2007)

Iain Miller: Published on 9 Jul 2007. Taken in the Marine Hotel.  This old guy’s brilliant.

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Stonehaven Fireballs (2008)

Scottosanhai: Published on 7 Jan 2008.

To celebrate the New Year we watched the fireballs in Stonehaven. There are various takes on the origin of swinging the fireballs, however the most common explanation is they were used to burn the bad luck and evil spirits out of the town for that year. The balls are eventually thrown into the town harbour.

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Highland Jig at Stonehaven Ceilidh Folk Festival (2008)

Kleiocaissa: Published on 16 Jul 2008. A few seconds of Tavi doing the Highland dance.  Band is Cabrach.

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World Paper and Comb Championships Stonehaven (2009)

Trish Santer: Published on 28 Aug 2009. The annual World Paper and Comb Championships at Stonehaven Folk Festival July 2009: the group winners with just a snippet of their antics doing “Bohemian Rhapsody” – as you’ve never seen it before!

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Flooding in Stonehaven (2009)

Evening Express: Published on 2 Nov 2009. Flooding in Aberdeenshire came after hours of torrential downpours that saw Grampian Fire and Rescue service endure its busiest night in 30 years.

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Flooding in Stonehaven (2009)

Evening Express: Published on 3 Nov 2009. Flooding in Aberdeenshire came after hours of torrential downpours that saw Grampian Fire and Rescue service endure its busiest night in 30 years. 

Roads were closed and flooding was reported in parts of Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Newmachar, Keith, and Rosehearty.

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After the flood in Stonehaven (2009)

Evening Express: Published on 3 Nov 2009.

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Stonehaven Fireballs Hogmanay (2009 – 2010) 

Kevin Adam: Published on 1 Jan 2010. Stonehaven fireballs 2009 – 2010 Hogmanay (new year).

BBC Coast: Hogmanay Fireballs at Stonehaven (2010)

Glasgow1234: Published on 19 Aug 2010. BBC Programme ‘Coast’ report on the annual Hogmanay Fireball event at Stonehaven.

Roads closed in Stonehaven (2010)

Evening Express: Published on 25 Feb 2010. Drivers were turned away from the harbour area of Stonehaven after a landslip in the Bervie Braes area of the town. Footage by Evening Express reader Ian McFadden.

Aqua Ceilidh, Stonehaven Folk Festival (2010)

Evening Express: Published on 12 Jul 2010. MUSIC fans descended on

Stonehaven Folk Festival as the event took off in style. Shows took place over the weekend in Stonehaven pubs and clubs. There were also lots of open air sessions and concerts, while young and old had a splash at an aqua ceilidh.

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Splashing out at Stonehaven’s Harbour Hi-Jinks (2010)

Evening Express: Published on 10 Aug 2010. HUNDREDS of families splashed out to have a ball at an annual seaside event in Stonehaven. 

“Stonehaven’s Harbour Hi-Jinks was a day filled with fun and games. From an It’s A Knockout competition and pipe band music to a fancy dress parade and barbecues — there was something for all ages to enjoy at Stonehaven’s Harbour Hi-Jinks.

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Stonehaven Harbour Festival (2010)

Evening Express: Published on 6 Sep 2010. THE Harbour Festival at Stonehaven proved to be a star-studded event. Joe McGann from the popular play  Calendar Girls attended the annual fundraiser for Maritime Rescue Institute.

Stonehaven Fire Brigade Rescue A Bear (2010)

Radiokingful: Published on 6 Sep 2010. Stonehaven Fire Brigade rescue a bear at the Stonehaven MRI Harbour Open Day.

Stonehaven Seafront Flooded (2010)

Evening Express: Published on 10 Sep 2010. STONEHAVEN’s seafront was flooded after massive waves crashed along the coast.  Shopworkers along Stonehaven’s beach boulevard had to stack sandbags up against doorways. The freak waves left stones and seaweed scattered over Beach Road.

Stonehaven Lorry Crash (2010)

Evening Express: Published on 29 Oct 2010.

Stonehaven Hit By Storm Damage (2012)

Evening Express: Published on 17 Dec 2012. COMMUNITIES are counting the cost of the big clean-up after the worst storm damage in living memory devastated the North-east coast.

Homes and businesses in Stonehaven were destroyed as powerful waves ripped stone walls apart, swept parked cars into each other and wiped out an entire harbour wall and fish yard. Boddam, near Peterhead, was also affected.

Fish and Chip Shop Fire (2013)

Evening Express: Published on 4 May 2013. A FISH and chip shop has been damaged after a fire started in the restaurant’s fryers.

A team of more than 30 firefighters battled a blaze at Sandy’s Fish and Chips and Restaurant, in Stonehaven.

Stonehaven Lifeboat’s Future Under Threat (2013)

STV News: Published on 22 Nov 2013. The future of Stonehaven’s lifeboat could be in doubt if land can’t be found for a new base. The RNLI are looking for a new home near the harbour but are struggling to find one.

Stonehaven Flooding (2014)

Evening Express: Published on 7 Oct 2014. High winds and tides cause large winds in Stonehaven -videos sent into the Evening Express via Instagram.

Stonehaven Storm (2014)

Neil Horne: Published on 8 Oct 2014. STONEHAVEN, Aberdeenshire, was lashed by a sudden violent sea storm on October 7th, 2014, creating widespread damage and causing seafront residents to be evacuated.

Storm Waves Hit Stonehaven (2014)

andy mcallan: Published on 7 Oct 2014. After a previous day of high winds the waves rolled into Stonehaven with a vengeance.

Stonehaven battered again today. We had it all…. The Beach Pavilion, Molly’s and Co with water up to their doors. A flypast by a Sea King Helicopter…… The Cowie mouth being swamped. Long Video but its all there to see.

Stonehaven Folk Fest (2015)

Miguelon: Published on 13 Jul 2015.

These young women are Rapper Dancing. It’s a traditional form of sword dancing which is quietly thriving in the folk music circles of Scotland and North East England.

Rapper teams frequently come together to compete, with perhaps St George’s Day as the biggest event in the Rapper Calendar. A few chosen pubs are packed to the rafters with dancing and musicians, with little room for spectators.

But here in the video of Stonehaven’s market place, you can see all the participants clearly. 

Feein’ Market (2018)

Braemar Media: Published on 3 Jun 2018.

Pipe Major Andy Meehan leads Stonehaven Pipe Band into the Market Square in Stonehaven to start the 2018 Feein’ market. This annual event, now organised and managed by Stonehaven and District Lions Club, has a long history and is one of the premier events in the town’s entertainment and social calendar.

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