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Bow Fiddle Rock
Grid reference: NJ485685
Location: 57°42’12"N, 2°51’57"W
Post town: Buckie
Postcode: AB56
Dialling code: 01542
Local Government
Council: Moray

Portknockie is a coastal village on the Moray Firth coast of Banffshire, within the parish of Rathven.

The village was founded in 1677 and it became a significant herring fishing port during the nineteenth century, although today only a handful of commercial inshore boats remain.

The town was on the railway network, until this closed in 1968.


The village's name is from the Gaelic language: Port Chnocaidh means "hilly port".

The village's name is written as Portknockies in the Old Parish Registers. This would suggest that the port's name referred to not one, but two rocky hills at the hythe - the Port Hill and the Greencastle.) Nearby towns include Banff, Buckie, Findochty and Cullen.

Bow Fiddle Rock

A popular site in Portknockie is Bow Fiddle Rock, a large rock about 50 feet high just off the coast. The quartzite rock has a large sea arch, which somewhat resembles the bow of a fiddle.

Green Castle Fort, Banffshire

Another historical site within the village is the Green Castle, which is located on a coastal promontory.

This ancient coastal fort was revealed to date from 1000 BC and was inhabited until AD 1000.

The castle foundations can be seen, although now covered in grass.


Small numbers of seabirds nest on the coastal cliffs. These include Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Gull, Razorbill and Shag. Additionally Common Eider can be seen in and around the harbour and coves during the summer months.

Bow Fiddle Rock, with surrounding beach and cave (left)