Johnshaven is a coastal village along the North Sea located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is accessed off the A92 coast road that connects Fife and Stonehaven, where it joins the A90 and continues northward to Aberdeen and beyond. About two miles southwest of Johnshaven lies Milton Ness, which includes a red sandstone cliff landform.[1]

The flax industry, sailmaking and fishing have historically been an integral part of Johnshaven life and economy.

Ancient history

Some of the nearest Bronze Age archaeological recoveries are situated somewhat to the north near Stonehaven at the Fetteresso[2] and Spurryhillock[3] sites.

Nearby areas of interest

The following points of natural or historic interest are along the coast of southern Aberdeenshire somewhat near to Johnshaven:

Local media

Alongside the commercial enterprise of the local newspaper, The Mearns Leader, Johnshaven has a Local Community Radio Station in Mearns FM.[4] Broadcasting from nearby Stonehaven in the Townhall, Mearns FM helps to keep Johnshaven up to date with local and charity events, as well as playing a little music. Staffed completely by volunteers, Mearns FM is run as a not for profit organisation, broadcasting under a Community Radio licence, with a remit to provide local focus news events and programming. Jointly funded by local adverts and local and national grants, Mearns FM has one of the largest listening areas of any Community Radio Station owing to the Mearns' distributed population. Mearns FM was set up to try to bring these distant communities together.[5]

Community groups

Johnshaven contains many prominent community groups.[6]

Benholm and Johnshaven Community Council holds its monthly meetings in Johnshaven village hall on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.[7]

SHARK a small environmental group aims to promote and protect the wildlife and habitats of the local area.[8]

Johnshaven Church (Church of Scotland) is part of the parish of Mearns Coastal Parish Church which also includes St Cyrus. Every summer a hugely popular Holiday Club is run in the village hall.[9]


  1. North Sea Pilot and Admiralty Notices (1885) Part One, with Supplement, Admiralty Hydrogr. Dept., Original pub. by Oxford University
  2. C. Michael Hogan (2008).
  3. Archibald Watt (1985).
  5. Mearns FM launch release


  • C.Michael Hogan. 2008. Fetteresso Fieldnotes, The Modern Antiquarian
  • Johnshaven. 1977. United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, ISBN 0-319-10299-8
  • Archibald Watt. 1985. Highways and Byways around Kincardineshire, Stonehaven Heritage Society

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