Through more than eight centuries, Aberdeen Harbour has an important role in the development and prosperity of North-east Scotland. In the year 1136 was the first recorded reference, when King David 1st of Scotland granted the Bishops of Aberdeen the right to levy a tithe on all ships trading at the port. The arrival of the offshore oil and gas industry in the mid 1960s resulted in a transformation into one of the most modern ports in Europe. Nowadays, Aberdeen Harbour handles around 4 million tonnes of cargo per year.
Torry is an area within the city of Aberdeen and is lying on the south bank of the River Dee. The Balnagask golf course offers panoramic city views from the east side of Torry. Furthermore, it is a good vantage point for viewing the dolphins which frequently visit the harbour mouth area.
The Cruickshank Botanic Garden is situated near the University of Aberdeen in Old Aberdeen. It built on land bequested by Miss Anne Cruickshank to commemorate her brother Dr. Alexander Cruickshank.
Old Aberdeen is situated in the north east of Aberdeen city centre, Scotland and was for a long time nearly isolated at the edge of the city.
From the early 13th century it was the centre of the doctor’s, a influencing group of bishops. Nowadays, the centre is rich in historical buildings, a few are dating back to the Middle Ages and are built in the locally grey granite.
Old Aberdeen is effectively the main campus of the University of Aberdeen. To the north of the university you can find St Machar’s Cathedral and Seaton Park. South of King’s College Chapel lie the Powis Gates and the entrance leads to the University dormitories.
I took these pictures in Footdee, also known locally as “Fittie”. Footdee is an old fishing village near Aberdeen Harbour, Scotland. In former days the cottages would have housed fishermen and their fisherfolk families and had a first recorded refernce in the year 1398. I heard, that some fish families still live in the picturesque fishing cottages and their well maintained gardens set away from the hustle and bustle of Aberdeen City. Round the outside of the buildings square the cottages are regular, granite houses, but from the inside they’re anything but with shacks, sheds including outhouses jumbled with washing lines, floweres and a lot of knick-knack. First, the area was called Futty then the village became Fittie and nowadays the area is named Footdee and presents the official name.
The beach is located in Aberdeen, Scotland and is famous for its golden sand. The long curved esplanade between the harbour and the River Don’s mouth is a great place for walks and runs. The beach has a popular amusement area along the beach with restaurants, cinema and an amusement park.
I took these pictures in Footdee, also known locally as “Fittie”.
It is spring time and flowers are everywhere…
Crocus are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring and are very popular for gardens and parks. Crocus flowers and and their leaves are protected from frost by a waxy cuticle, so it’s common to see early-flowering crocus blooming through the last spring snowfall.
Duthie Park is situated in Ferryhill, Aberdeen (Scotland), by the banks of the River Dee. The land was gifted to the council by Lady Elizabeth Duthie of Ruthrieston in the year 1881. Her idea was to create a memory for her uncle and her brother.
The winter gardens are the home for the second largest collections of bromeliads and of giant cacti respectively in Great Britain.