Old Aberdeen. 'Fittie' and the Beach
by GariochTom » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:37 pm
Route description: Old Aberdeen and beach circuit
Date walked: 10/12/2011
Time taken: 3.5 hours
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Following Beach Boulevard, we soon reached the beach. The sky was blue and there was only a gentle breeze, and pebbles and the waves had combined to made attractive patterns in the sand. There were several brave souls, canoeing and surfing on the surprisingly large waves.
Footdee (pronounced 'Fittie') is an old fishing village and each of the terraced houses seems to have its own postage-stamp sized area of garden within the square, each with individual outbuildings, sheds and huts, personalised by the residents.
Leaving Footdee, we passed by the 'Roundhouse' (the old Navigation Control Centre for the harbour) which may have been built in the late 1700s, and the old Customs House, before retracing our steps up the beach towards the mouth of the River Don.
Heading inland past the Donmouth Nature Reserve, the view was now dominated by the lofty and imposing skyscrapers in Seaton - such a contrast with unassuming, compact Fittie.
We crossed the Bridge of Don then immediately turned off down a path alongside the river, then through Seaton Park, eventually arriving at St Machar's Cathedral. The recent gales had clearly taken their toll on several trees within the kirkyard.
From there, we walked down the Chanonry, which was once home to the canons of the cathedral, perhaps since before 1240, and then down the historic, cobbled High Street which is terminated at its northern end by the Townhouse.
This Georgian building was designed in 1788 and has had many different uses - two schools; a hall for different societies and the Incorporated Trades of Old Aberdeen; a Masonic hall; a council meeting place; and as police cells.
Many of the historic buildings along the High Street are now part of the University of Aberdeen, and King's College is perhaps the most impressive.
When founded, King's College was Scotland's third University.
Further down the High Street there are some impressive gates - the Powis Gates - topped off by Turkish style minarets and erected in the 1800s.
A walk of great interest and diversity - who says Aberdeen is just 'the Grey City'?
by Graeme D » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:25 pm
by Tomsie » Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:11 am
I'm not 100% but think its John Smith father of William smith that designed the citadel out at balmoral instead of James Souttar
Great to see Fittie, your pictures really give a feel for the place, well done
by Caberfeidh » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:13 am
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by jstalker66621 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:26 am
Caberfeidh wrote:the St Machar bar in Old Aberdeen ~ Purveyors of Light Refreshments to the Gentry !
I have heard of this bar but dont think i've ever been there. My husband and his mates all used to drink in the Prince of Wales, thats when they were poor university students, they certainly weren't the gentry!! Nowadays I dont go out that much in the city but I do like the Lemon Tree, also the Boat Inn but thats way out in Aboyne.
jstalker66621 wrote:the Duthie park
Ah, the Duthie, my favourite place in the whole north east
by kevsbald » Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:55 pm
by foggieclimber » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:55 pm
Looks a really good walk.
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by JohnJoe » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:04 pm
Caberfeidh wrote: And you forgot to mention the St Machar bar in Old Aberdeen ~ Purveyors of Light Refreshments to the Gentry !
Although it is a bit like having a pint in a corridor.
I do love Old Aberdeen though.
by mrssanta » Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:12 pm
morag1 wrote:Really like this report, I've spent many happy days on Aberdeen Beach which I think must be one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland. Unfortunately also the coldest
when I was working at Foresterhill in my first job I looked after a man who swam in the sea off Aberdeen Beach every day - he was desperate to get out as he hadn't missed a day in 50 years. Mad.
mrssanta wrote:a man who swam in the sea off Aberdeen Beach every day
Sounds like my father in law, although he was never in Foresterhill
We have all heard stories of the Glasgow Hard Man, but make no mistake, Scotland's real hard men come from the North East, it's all those years of battling the elements and the North Sea.
mrssanta wrote:when I was working at Foresterhill
Are you a nurse then?
by mrssanta » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:03 pm
morag1 wrote: Are you a nurse then?
'fraid not, worse than that, I'm a medic
by GariochTom » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:12 pm
Tomsie wrote: I'm not 100% but think its John Smith father of William smith that designed the citadel out at balmoral instead of James Souttar
Hi Tomsie, I'm no good at names but I just had a quick look at the Historic Scotland and it seems that James Souttar did design the citadel in Aberdeen. But John Smith was indeed the architect of Balmoral Castle
by GariochTom » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:17 pm
and Caberfeidh - I'll have to go to the pier and watch out for dolphins, and go to the St Machar Bar afterwards - not before, otherwise I'd have no chance of spotting the dolphins