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      08.11.2000 06:58
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      Larger than a village, called a town but not really, Buckie lies on the Moray Firth coast almost 70 miles north west of Aberdeen and just over 60 miles east of Inverness. The town of Banff is 20 miles eastwards and Elgin 20 miles west. Buckie is a fishing town with its own busy harbour where boats come in on a Thursday and head off to sea on a Sunday..there is even a boat building yard. Apart from Safeway and Co-op there are no big shops but those that are there serve most people's needs. Parking is free and there is plenty of it. There are two new health centres and a local hospital. However, if you are pregnant and live in Buckie, chances are you might have to go the 70 mile journey, in labour, to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital...that is no fun, believe me. The four or five garages sell petrol at a competetive price, Ford, Vauxhall and Citroen all have large forecourts with new cars for sale. Mostly you will see people carriers and 4X cars driving around...to transport the fishermen or farmers...most with personal number plates ***BCK. Buckie is surrounded by clean, totally unpolluted, countryside. No mountains just hills, green and lush. The coastline is just wonderful with some of the nicest and quietest beaches around. On a very clear day or if it is going to rain you can see over the other side of the water to Wick and Thurso...now there are some mountains! If you travel up one of the country lanes on a dark night you can see the lights of Buckie, Spey Bay and Lossiemouth as well as the boats and oil rigs at sea. The stars look so close you feel you could touch them. The weather is never harsh. When it rains it can rain a lot but in an instant the sun can be shining brightly. The sea is ever-changing. Sometimes it looks like velvet and at other times it can lash up over the harbour wall more than 50 feet. There is little industry and many people have to travel to Elgin to work. Buckie is in Moray, which is whisky country. One thing that is evident is the whisky business with Buckie having two maltings and a Bells distillery (even so, whisky is dearer here than many other places). There is a pork factory and fish factory where prawns are processed but other than that workers are generally employed in service industries, boats or rigs. Wages here are quite good and house prices are very low. My daughter and son-in-law bought a detached former shop and post office, double fronted, on the sea front for £16,000. A mansion with it's own loch, games room, swimming pool, 12 bedrooms recently went for sale for less than £200,000. The Scottish people are the most generous you could ever wish to meet. There is one High School in Buckie and a few primary school and special units. The disabled are well looked after in Grampian. There are many pubs but, as drinking is a very serious business, very few allow children in and most look like someone's front room. There are a lot of superstitions associated with the fishing folk which is fascinating to a Welshie like me. There are several hotels and quite a few bed and breakfast places. Crime? The large weekly paper had as its headlines...MAN STEALS PUSHBIKE...that should give you some indication. A lovely place...visit if you can


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