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#95375 - 05/16/17 02:31 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We had to have a look back through the window


Before heading down the path


Through the trees


Towards the river


We passed the former Persley Castle


A little toy fort on the south bank of the River Don, 2½ miles (4 km) northwest of Aberdeen city centre, Persley Castle dates from c.1795 and was built as a stable block for nearby Woodside House. However, it was soon re-purposed to serve as a dormitory for young calico-printing apprentices at Woodside Cotton Works and was known as The Barracks. Woodside Works opened in 1779 and was employing more than 3000 people by 1822.

It now comprises Persley Castle Care Centre and comprises accommodation for 40 residents, including up to 35 older people and 5 adults with physical impairment

(Source http://www.scottish-places.info/features/featurefirst91956.html)


and so to the river bank


for a Sunday stroll


past ruins


and artefacts from a bygone age







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#95376 - 05/17/17 01:56 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It is peaceful down by the river


Scenic too


and it provides a great chance for reflection


and the ducks appear to be having a good time too


Not sure what these steps are for


The greens of spring are colourful


as we pass more artefacts from the days of the mills


This River Don was a working river and supported paper mills upstream from where we are walking on this stretch the industry of snuff mills, bleachings, calico-printing and cotton mills.


As evidenced by the riverside ruins, sluice gates and lades brought water to and powered the machinery


Now, passage of time has silenced the machinery





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#95377 - 05/18/17 01:53 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Mugiemoss Paper Works, Luxburn Woolen Mills, Woodside Works, Grandholm Wollen Mills, Gordon Mills, Kettock's Corn Mill and Crombie Wollen Mill are amongst some of the factories that provided employment on the banks of the River Don.


Perhaps an entrance to Woodside House?


We head towards Grandholm Bride.


It is privately owned and closed off to general traffic. It was constructed for Crombie Mills in 1920


This is Jacob's Ladder, a narrow set of 66 steps leading up from the river that takes its name from the biblical story of Jacob and his dream of a stairway to heaven. It probably meant something different to the mill workers though as they made their way back home after a hard day's work! Both the original set of steps and its newer and wider replacement are closed off and overgrown now but are still visible.




We'll cross Grandholm Bridge and head back along the opposite banks of the river




On the opposite side of the bridge is a sports park at an area called Bleachfield




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#95378 - 05/19/17 02:38 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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For those interested in the history of the mills in that area, particularly Granholm and Crombie, I would recommend this page http://mcjazz.f2s.com/GrandholmMill.htm

As we head back upstream, we come upon the following wooden pavilion


It looked like a sports pavilion and indeed, on exploration, it was




It was the clubhouse of Grandholm Bowling Club




The club closed in March 2017 because of repeated thefts, vandalism and fire raising


Next to it is another abandoned property, Bleachfield House


Bleachfield House beside the club has lain abandoned for a number of years since its inhabitants passed away and has been a magnet for troublemakers.




There is good provision for sport in the area, but mostly football
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#95379 - 05/20/17 03:01 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The area around the river is populated by mature trees.

Some knobbly and gnarled, others dead


But the flowing water nourishes them all


The tree-lined banks




and clear waters


The trees are dense in some places, with evidence of recently planted ones


This blots the landscape however


There are well-trodden paths to follow



and more football pitches


Anyone else see a face?
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#95380 - 05/21/17 03:03 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I hope that you have been having a good weekend, wherever you are. The weather here as been wet so not much outdoor activity going on. I have been sorting out some photographs of a visit to the site of Deer Abbey, a Cistercian monastery. Posts on that will be coming up this week.

Continuing our walk on the banks of the River Don...

More steps but I'm not sure of their purpose


More remnants of a bygone industrial age


Perhaps the remains of lade control gates




A split in the river


and we spot a small beach


This would be a great picnic spot on a summer's day




We head over the footbridge


to find cows in a field


Here is the link to this week's Sunday Snaps
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39895258

The end of the walk and the 13th Century Deer Abbey...



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#95381 - 05/22/17 02:18 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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A final look down the River Don.


It was an enjoyable Sunday afternoon stroll before lunch, and interesting as well.
Next, we head to Deer Abbey...
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#95382 - 05/22/17 02:31 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I had often passed the Deer Abbey sign and entrance on my travels but I never had time to stop. I have to say that I was semi-intrigued about what was behind the gates. A couple of weekends ago, I got the chance to find out.


I went there, during a short fishing trip in the van.


I spotted a cruise ship heading for Peterhead


Here it is in the harbour


Here are its details


Morning coffee finished so let's head to the Abbey...



Deer Abbey is located near Mintlaw, not far from Peterhead


It has an impressive entrance


Is open for a good period of the year



and it is free to enter and explore


Stepping inside...
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#95383 - 05/23/17 02:03 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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As we head through the door, the ruins of the abbey become visible


In its original layout, each area is labelled


With interesting information plaques


It is thought that the first monastery was founded in the are around AD 580


Looking bac to the entrance


The original layout


This caught my attention




Apparently it was used to catch other things


Stone carvings...


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#95384 - 05/24/17 01:44 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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This portico and Doric columns structure looked interesting


and it was


It contained stone carvings





which were found during work on the abbey












The ruins of the abbey...
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