Originally a small fishing village, Porthlethen today is a residential coastal town situated seven miles south of Aberdeen.
Followed its rapid expansion, a new retail park was constructed in 1980s and the town continues to expand to a sizable town. Within the main shopping area there are a variety of take-away and restaurant outlets and four pubs.
There is a small rocky island May Craig situated off short from Portlethen. Pictish people would first inhabit the area to the west of May Craig and left prehistoric megalithic monuments known as the Causey Mounth including Old Bourtreebush stone circle and Aquhorthies stone circle as well as Elsick House, Gillybrands and Muchalls Castle.