Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme

Stonehaven has historically suffered from flooding which affected local residences and businesses within the lower reach of the River Carron. Major flooding events have occurred in Stonehaven over many years, most recently in 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2012 which have caused the evacuation of nearby residents.

Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme (FPS) is designed to protect homes and businesses which have previously been badly affected by flooding events around the River Carron. It is to provide a standard of protection well above the current Association of British Insurers requirements, reducing flood risk to 372 residential properties, 2 public utility sites, a school and an emergency service site. Once completed, it will provide a 0.5% chance of occurrence standard of protection(1 in 200-year flood event). It will also include an allowance for climate change (33% increase to 2080) and a safety margin catering for uncertainties.

In this section you can find out more the Stonehaven FPS:

The fly through video is from 2015. The scheme has been modified since then but the video gives an indication of how it will look.

Key elements of the work

The works are the design of defined elements and construction of Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme. This includes construction of walls, embankments, culverts, and alteration to 5 bridges along the Carron Water (and tributaries) through Stonehaven:

  • Removing, replacing and raising the Red Bridge and Green Bridge
  • Repositioning the Green Bridge
  • Removing, refurbishing and reinstating the White Bridge in a raised position
  • Replacing the Bridgefield Bridge parapet with a reinforced glass type material
  • Raising and widening the Beach Bridge
  • Construction of flood walls between the Red Bridge and the river mouth
  • Removal of the island downstream of the Green Bridge
  • Installation of 2 higher capacity culverts on the Glaslaw Burn and a new culvert under the gardens of Cameron Street
  • Construction of a new pedestrian walkway from Bridgefield Bridge to the Beach Bridge


There are 3 webcams installed showing how construction work is progressing:

Drop in sessions

If you have any questions about the Flood Protection Scheme, you can meet our Community Liaison Officer on the 2nd Thursday of each month between 10am and noon at the Villa Coffee Shop, 13 Arbuthnott Place.

Current road closures and restrictions

There are some traffic restrictions put in place due to the construction works:

Cameron Street:

Dunnottar Avenue:

Carron Terrace:

Carron Gardens:


Low Wood Road:


If you have any queries in general about this scheme contact our community liaison officer Sheila Tolmie either by telephone on 07867193124 or by email