Hopeman is a seaside village in Morayshire on the coast of the Moray Firth. It was founded in 1805 to house and re-employ people displaced during the Highland clearances. The population is around 1,700 people in approximately 670 households.
The village was founded at the beginning of the nineteenth century as a fishing port by William Young of Inverugie. It expanded when the new harbour was built in 1838 for the export of stone from the nearby quarries. The old part of Hopeman has a grid-iron street layout. The main part of the village is set back from the beach and there is a village green with playing fields, a playground and a skate park. The B9012 road passes west to east to the south of the village.
The main street, Harbour Street, runs north to south from the harbour to its junction with the B9012. Shops and commercial establishments in Hopeman: Costcutters, a general store; Seahorse, a gift shop; a hairdresser and beauty salon; a butcher's shop; the Primrose Cafe; the Station Hotel; a chemist; the post office; a fish and chip shop and a Chinese take-away. Down at the harbour are Footprints, a gallery and shop and Harbour blooms, a flower shop.
Hopeman Lodge, the largest house in Hopeman, occupies a commanding position on the east side of the village. It was once used by nearby Gordonstoun school as a boarding house but now provides holiday flats for rent.
There is a caravan site on the coast for any campers.
During the Summer the village organises a hugely popular Gala which runs for a whole week. Activities range from traditional sandcastle competitions through to rock concerts, fancy dress parades, Songs of Praise and an Arts and Craft Fete. 2014 will see the village celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its Gala which will commence on the 19th July.
Hopeman Golf Course is to the east of the Lodge and includes the famous 12th Hole, named Prieshach, where the green is located within a cove named Clashach 100ft below the level of the tee box.
Phayrelands, is to the west of the village on the main road towards Cummingston.
Beaches and harbour
Hopeman has two large sandy beaches split by the man-made harbour. The West Beach is the smaller. The East Beach is surrounded by large, grassy sand dunes, and has colourful beach huts and large rocky areas with excellent rockpools (the one at the eastern edge is known as Daisy Rock). Further to the east is a smaller hidden beach with stones and large rock formations.
There are quite a few birds to be found on the beach, such as the herring gull, the great black-backed gull, the black-headed gull, the curlew and the oystercatcher. The areas of gorse heathland surrounding the eastern beaches are home to the whitethroat, the robin and the yellowhammer.
Now and then bottlenose dolphins turn up in the Moray Firth off the coast of Hopeman, from where they can easily be seen.
Hopeman Harbour is in between the East and West Beaches. It is small and now mainly houses pleasure vessels. In the past it was used for landing fish caught by fishermen from the village.
The harbour is home to the Gordonstoun seamanship department and, whilst the school's yacht is berthed elsewhere, the smaller craft used for sail-training are berthed here.
The marina in the harbour was installed by Moray Council in 2009.
Hopeman Primary School is on the East side of the village and has around 250 pupils. The catchment area includes Hopeman and the nearby villages of Duffus and Cummingston. There are nine classes in the school. It is split into three houses, Duff, Cameron and Gordon, for an inter-house competition in summer.
Gordonstoun School is but a few miles away and provides an all-round education based upon the principles of its founder Kurt Hahn.
Places of Worship
The Hopeman Kirk was built and dedicated around 1857. Originally a daughter church of Burghead Free Church of Scotland, it became part of the United Free Church of Scotland in 1901 and then, by the union of 1929, rejoined the Church of Scotland. In 1979 the Hopeman Kirk became formally linked with the Duffus Kirk and the Spynie Kirk, and together they form one church in three locations.
Before starting Hopeman Baptist Church in 1898, the founding members walked to Lossiemouth Baptist Church every Sunday for worship. After several years the people from Hopeman formed a local congregation, erecting a building and establishing themselves in the village. Hopeman Baptist Church is affiliated with the Baptist Union of Scotland, and they meet regularly for worship, prayer, and Bible study.
BBC presenter Fiona Bruce traced her family back to the Bruces of Hopeman during an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? in February 2009.
The Old Salt House featured in an episode of the television show Home or Away in 2009.
- Hopeman Golf Club http://www.openfairways.com Accessed on 15 August 2012
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