Japanese visitors tour the Broch!

Heritage centre: The visitors had a tour around Fraserburgh Heritage Centre and the Thomas Glover garden.'Picture: Lauren McLeod
Heritage centre: The visitors had a tour around Fraserburgh Heritage Centre and the Thomas Glover garden.'Picture: Lauren McLeod

Twenty Five tourists from Nagasaki, Japan came to Fraserburgh on Friday to discover the birth town of the famous explorer Thomas Glover who was a key figure in the industrialisation of Japan.

The group are touring around Scotland and are visitingEdinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Traditional food: Cheers put on a menu of haggis and oatcakes, broth, fish and chips and cinnamon sponge which was enjoyed by all.

Traditional food: Cheers put on a menu of haggis and oatcakes, broth, fish and chips and cinnamon sponge which was enjoyed by all.

Anne Malcolm from the Thomas Glover Foundation has been organising the visit from Nagasaki for twenty years. She said:

“This is such a great thing for Fraserburgh. The visitors have toured around the major cities in Scotland and this is the only small town they are visiting.

“Thomas Glover is such a historic figure in both Fraserburgh and Nagasaki and there we find something in common with one another.”

After their tour around the Heritage Centre, the tourists were treated to a proper Scottish meal to Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern.

For a starter Cheers offered Haggis with a whisky sauce and homemade oatcakes. A bag piper played as owner Dennis Forsyth cut the haggis before serving. They were then treated to traditional broth, followed by locally sourced fish and chips and finally a cinnamon sponge. The visitors also had a dram of Ardmore whisky which is brewed in Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire.

Dennis Forsyth said:

“I wanted the Japanese visitors to really have something to remember of the Broch so we put on this special menu in the hope that they would thoroughly enjoy it and wish to come back.

“Highland water was available on the tables and Broch Candy was donated by the Broch Candy Shop as an extra treat for the guests.

“As a community, Fraserburgh should want a good relationship with the Japanese and hopefully this visit will open other doors for more tourists, therefore bringing more money into the Broch.”