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Johnshaven is 14 miles south of Stonehaven along the coast, just of the A92 Stonehaven to Dundee road.
With a population of 675, along with neighbouring village Gourdon it is smallest villages with Local Authority - owned harbours.
In 1722 it had 26 boats and around 130 fisherman making it one of the biggest fishing communities in Scotland at that time.
Stonehaven has a rich history; it is home to three castles within the town as well as ancient and beautiful churches. Many visitors come to Stonehaven for its tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, where you can take walks along the rolling coastline, as well as enjoying its Olympic-sized heated outdoor pool. After a long day of exploring castles and taking coastal walks, tourists can stay in one of the cosy B&B's where they can relax, log into their Facebook account or just play Party Poker with a cup of tea. Stonehaven also hosts a stunning Fireballs Ceremony; residents line the streets to watch professional fire dancers wave balls of fire along the road.
To-day, in Johnshaven, lobster fishing is still carried out and live lobsters can often be seen in water tanks at the harbour before being shipped to the continent.
A large percentage of the population are still engaged in fishing and related activities and you still see oilskins hanging outside the doors of some fishermen's cottages.
Johnshaven is well worth a vist. In August the Annual Fish Festival is a popular attraction.
The village is popular with walkers and cyclists those with an interest in boats.
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The area of Johnshaven and the surrounding area of Benholm is rich in maritime heritage.
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