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Portknockie still retains many of the features and charm of its fishing heritage days. It is a conservation area with 1 217 (2001 census) residents living in just over 500 houses. The older part of the village overlooks the harbour and features traditional single storey stone houses in north-south rows. In late Victorian times increased prosperity from the herring fishing led to the construction of larger houses with dormer windows and lofts for the storage of nets and gear. Some of these houses still retain the outside stone steps leading to the lofts. In some cases, the original single storey houses were heightened to give more accommodation.

Council-built houses were introduced after World-War Two on the eastern side of the village and, more recently, there has been an expansion of private bungalows to the south and west of the village. The “Portknockie Experience” is an interesting walk that visitors can take around the conservation area of the village assisted by a guide obtainable from the Library.

In the 1920s/30s Portknockie had some 48 shops and businesses but today, it is essentially a residential community. The commercial heart of the village is around the Square and Church Street, the main thoroughfare. Here can be found the Victoria Hotel, the Seafield Inn, the fish & Chips shop and the Chemist’s. The Post Office is in the Costcutter Store by the Millennium Garden in Church Street and there is also a Newsagent’s and general store opposite the Church of Scotland. There are three hairdressers in the village and a garage located at the end of the harbour road. To the east of the village there are several yards for local builders. B&B accommodation is available in the village and there are also a number of holiday homes for letting. The signature feature along the cliff tops to the east of the village is Bow Fiddle Rock, a wave-cut natural arch which provides a dramatic roosting place for gulls and cormorants.

The cliff top path offers spectacular views over the Moray Firth with its busy traffic of fishing boats, oil rigs, cruise liners and passing bottle-nose dolphins. There are delightful walks to the adjoining villages of Cullen (east) and Findochty (west) and the coastal heath offers frequent sightings of larks, yellowhammers, stone chats, wrens, fulmers and other birdlife.In summer you may also come across the rare little blue butterflies. South of the village rises the Bin Hill (320m) offering commanding views of the Moray coastline and the hills of Caithness.

The Moray Coastal Footpath passes through the village and the old railway line, closed in 1968, is used by the Sustrans cycle path that links Inverness with Aberdeen. The harbour has moorings for small boats, which can enter and leave at any state of the tide; it also has a paddling pool for youngsters. Overlooking the harbour is a flagstaff by the side of which is a memorial to all the fishermen that have been lost at sea. The promontory to the NE is the Green Castle, a site of Pictish interest. An informative description of this area can be found on an information cairn by the cliff edge in Patrol Road.

The village school dates from 1876 and is on the main road coming into the village from Cullen, adjoining it there is a village nursery. The village coat of arms can be found on the old Burgh Chambers building in Church Street between the War Memorial and the Kirk of Scotland. On the eastern edge of the village is the McLeod Park which has play swings and the McBoyle village hall which is opposite the static caravan park. Alongside this are the village Bowling Green and tennis courts.

The cliff-top cemetery on the A942 west of the village is shared with Findochty. The village is well-served by an hourly Bluebird bus service (305) which connects with Aberdeen to the east and Buckie, Elgin and Inverness to the west. Local groups meet regularly in the various halls in the village for fund raising events and visitors are always made very welcome.

Visitors to Portknockie can always get information about the village in the shops or from the Library which is located in the school on the eastern approach to the village. The library is open on Tuesday evenings, Thursdays afternoon and evening and Saturday mornings 10am - 12 noon. A village Gala is held each year usually in mid- Summer. Another feature for the visitor is to find the mosiac fishes which were created in 2009 the year of the homecoming by local artist Geoff Roberts. Portknockie has an elected Community Council of ten residents which meets each month in the Library to listen to and to sort out local affairs.

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