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#95933 - 07/11/18 02:23 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It was a gloriously hot day


We are down at Port Erroll in Cruden Bay


The present harbour was built in 1875


There were as many as 180 Fishermen and 68 boats using the facility after its opening


Now there is only a few



It is a popular spot for camper vans however


In the clear waters we could see some fish


Sea trout


But none was biting


We cast from lots of places, without a stike
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#95934 - 07/12/18 01:50 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Apart from the fishing, another reason for heading to Cruden Bay and Port Erroll is its beauty and the relative peace and quiet of the port.


It is a good chance to fish, reflect and read


Walking is always an option too with the nearby Slain's Castle being easily accessible


On this occasion it was a good opportunity to catch up with others




Reminds me of a rock band


There is a definite tranquillity about the place


and natural beauty






As the sun goes down...
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#95935 - 07/13/18 01:02 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Another reason for the trip was to visit New Deer. I have already visited most of the small towns or villages in that area with the exception of New Deer. The pan was to visit next morning.

In the meantime, the sun ws going down on Port Erroll


So let's enjoy some photos of the sunset


Low tide


Dry dock


Feet up after fishing


As the sun descents so night approaches but it does not get really dark at this time of year










A new day and New Deer...
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#95936 - 07/14/18 12:39 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It was time for bed in Cruden Bay as the sun went down...




Next morning it was time to head to New Deer in the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside...

The main street through the town


The village hall




Remnants of a rural past even in the heart of the town


There are lots of narrow side roads off the main street


If you follow them you often glimps hidden gems of properties


Most of the construction in New Deer is of granite


The parish church and its coffee shop
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#95937 - 07/15/18 01:53 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I hope that you had a good week and a restful yet enjoyable weekend. If you are on holiday then enjoy your well-earned break.
Today, we should be thankful today for the efforts of the rescue teams and divers who managed the safe rescue of the young Thai footballers and their coach from the flooded cave system in Thailand.

We have just arrived in New Deer in the camper van and are having a look around the town...

The town lies in the valley of Deer - here is the parish church


St Kane's still functions as a religious establishment.Two other former churches now operate as flats and as a gym hall.


Near the church is the war memorial


and the graveyard






The main street continues through town.


The Brae (the hill)


One of the lanes off the main street


Heading down The Brae


Information Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deer

This week's Sunday Snaps can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-44737162

Off the beaten track...
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#95938 - 07/16/18 02:00 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Let's explore some of the nooks and crannies of New Deer....

A now closed hotel - The Earl of Aberdeen Arms


Let's head down a lane


This is an area called The Burn


It is right on the edge of the village - New Deer is in an area called "field of the bog myrtle"


The path leads back to the village


This would be "The Burn" or stream


We go along another narrow lane


And find a deli shop


With the following sign advertising local produce


and a bit of humour which made me smile


A surprise encounter...
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#95939 - 07/17/18 02:22 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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This is one of the former churches - it is now used as a gym


The granite terraced houses on the main street


They are complemented by granite cottages set back from the street


A final view of St Kane's Church


I had noticed a signpost to the Culsh Monument - not knowing what it was I headed to find out...

Here is is in the distance, just a couple of miles outside town


It stands on a hill


and so it visible from the surrounding countryside






More on the monument...
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#95940 - 07/18/18 02:27 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The Culsh Monument stands on a hill to the north of the village of New Deer


It commemorates William Dingwall Fordyce


He was the local Brucklay estate landlord and also an Aberdeenshire MP


The entrance to the monument was locked


But you can get a key to admire the views from the top




The spiral staircase


An interesting sculpture stands in the grounds






Back in the Bay...
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#95941 - 07/19/18 01:51 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It is time to leave the Culsh Monument and head back to base in Cruden Bay...

A last look at the monument


When exploring the Buchan area, I always use Cruden Bay as my base, it allows me to combine some fishing with the exploring and meeting friends.

Combine that with the fact that it is so scenic then you have a great location...

Looking from the harbour to the beach


A group os sea kayakers arrived late evening


Here are some shots I took with some of the features in my phone camera...













It'll soon be time to leave Cruden Bay and head to Inverness for a wedding...
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#95942 - 07/20/18 02:10 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Only 20 minutes away, Cruden Bay is an ideal spot to escape to or base yourself for exploring the local area.

Storage sheds for the fishermen


Boats under repair




The amazing beach at low tide


The harbour at low tide


The stairway to the picnic spot with a view


The view




On the road to Inverness - first stop Forres.....
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