|Location Map ( geo)|
The town of Buckie lies on the Moray Firth a few miles east of the mouth of the River Spey. It is perhaps the largest port on the coast between Inverness and Fraserburgh, and still has a large industrial zone along the coast, where many similar towns have seen redevelopment into luxury flats and shopping parks. The town grew up as a fishing port, but has developed into a wider industrial base, although the neighbouring fishing villages, which have slowly merged into Buckie, reatin more of their old-world charm. Portessie to the east has narrow alleys running between tangles clusters of cottages under the cliffs, whilst Portgordon to the west has a slightly more conventional feel, with the starts of a grid-iron street layout giving more regularity.
The main road into Buckie itself is the A942, which branches off the A98 at the edge of town. The A98 runs through the fields a little inland, forming a bypass to Buckie, albeit an ancient one. In Buckie, the A942 turns east along the coast to serve the harbour, and although it originally terminated here, it now continues through Portessie and out of town. It then passes through the pretty little harbour villages of Findochty and Portknockie before rejoining the A98 near Cullen. Heading west, the A990 mirrors the A942, running out through Portgordon where it turns inland to also rejoin the A98.
The A942 leaves the A98 at a simple T junction, before cutting a straight course into the town. It passes through the square in the town centre, where it crosses the High Street at a mini roundabout, and then continues towards the shore. There is a steep descent from the town centre, and the road sweeps around a horseshoe bend on the descent, with the A990 climbing up to meet it at another simple T Junction.
|Fochabers, Inverness, Elgin (A96)|
|Findochty, Portknockie||Coastal Trail East. Was B9019|
|Portgordon||Coastal Trail West. Was B9016|