Peterhead – The Town

Peterhead is a town located in the North East of Scotland, 32 miles from the city of Aberdeen. It is the biggest town in Aberdeenshire with a population of approximately 18,500 people. Locally, Peterhead is known as the ‘Blue Toon’.


There are six primary and a special school in Peterhead that all progress onto Peterhead Academy for their secondary education along with pupils from the surrounding area. Peterhead Academy is the largest secondary school in Aberdeenshire with around 1300 pupils. It is also physically the largest school in Scotland with over 22,920 square metres in terms of gross internal floor area. Our school motto being the Latin phrase ‘Domus Super Petram Aedificata’ which translates to ‘A House Built On A Rock’.


It is a fishing town and the port was, at one time, the largest white fish port in Europe. The harbour was built in 1593 and has been a busy hub of industry ever since. Peterhead also gained fame when the town featured in the BBC’s ‘Trawlermen’ – which followed trawler crews based in Peterhead and our close neighbours Fraserburgh. There are also many companies in the Oil and Gas and Energy sectors located in Peterhead.



There are lots of sporting opportunities in Peterhead and we have a strong tradition of football – with the local team having recently won the Scottish League 2 Championship and now competing in Scottish League 1.  Peterhead Amateur Boxing Club currently has two Scottish Champions and the Peterhead Sailing Club is also very active with a strong club membership, particularly in dinghy racing.