Gourdon is around 10 miles south along the coast from Stonehaven and an interesting village to visit because it is one of the few harbours where fishing boats are still sailing from on a regular basis.
The double harbour which was built in 1820 is very sheltered and you will often find some of the real characters of Gourdon sitting on a bench in the Harbour area.
Gourdon has a population of just under 700 people The main attraction for visitors is its strong sense of being a working fishing port. The local Takeaway and Restaurant and Harbour Bar attracts many visitors from surrounding areas.
Lobster pots are piled around the harbour and there are three traditional fish merchants that still fillet and smoke fish in sheds on the harbourside and supply fish vans which sell fish across the area. It is becoming rare to see fishing ports like this, so it is hoped that Gourdon weathers the vagaries of the fishing industry as it has in the past and continues to thrive.
Accommodation in Gourdon
Just 2 minutes from the Harbour Bar is the Harbour Bar B&B with excellent views of Gourdon Harbour.
There is also The Lilybank Guest House
Places To Visit
An interesting place to visit is the museum for the "Maggie Law", which was a shallow draught surfboat boat capable of assisting vessels having difficulty entering the harbour. It saved 36 lives between it's launch in 1890 until it ceased operation in 1930. The Maggie Law supplemented the RNLI Lifeboats which were based at Gourdon from 1878 until 1969, when it was decided coverage could be maintained by the lifeboats at Aberdeen and Montrose.The museum was completely refurbished in 2013 and is well worth a visit. Get more information at www.maggielaw.co.uk
Places To Eat
The Quayside Restaurant & Fish Bar
The Harbour Bar
There is one general store in the village
Parking is available in the Harbour Area for Coaches and Cars.
How To Get To Gourdon
If travelling by Car, Motor Bike or Bicycle, take the A92 Coastal Road from Stonehaven, pass through Kineff and Inverbervie.
Shortly after Inverbervie you will see a turn off on the left to Gourdon.
Follow that road and you will arrive at the Harbour.
A Bus Service is available and Bus Timetables can be checked here