Highly decorative water stand pipes
The old water stand pipes still exsist in rural Aberdeenshire, Usually found near a beach - to wash off the sand from your feet or give your dog a drink. They are made of cast iron and usually very decrotive
This one is in the fishing village of Footdee, locally known as the Fitties near the end of the beach esplanade
Here, there be Pipers!
While everyone knows that Scotland is home to the bagpipe, the Highland games brings them out in numbers that boggle the mind of Americans who are used to seeing them singly, or at the most in very small numbers.
This is one of the pipers playing for a solo competition.....
The Priory. It's fairly new,...
The Priory. It's fairly new, and seems to be everyone's favourite club at the moment!
The building is actually a converted church (at first they didn't even have a sign outside it, so if you didn't know it was a club, you wouldn't have guessed) - which makes the interior a bit different. It always seems to be packed, and usually plays pretty decent music. Well, there's supposed to be a no jeans/trainers rule, but I think this depends on how dressy your jeans or trainers happen to be. I've never been turned away and I usually do wear both jeans and trainers, but probably if you look TOO casual and like you might cause trouble, they could refuse you entry.
Come in for a rest after shopping
The Prince of Wales is one of the most popular bars in Aberdeen they have an extensive Bar Menu with typical pub food including good hearty homemade soup and filled rolls
The Prince of Wales boasts the longest bar in Aberdeen and its Real Ale and food is included in Egon Rooney's good pub guide. The decor is mostly dark wood paneling and has some fine old pictures and old mirrors advertising distilleries and whisky. A popular place with shoppers especially daytrippers who come by plane and ferry - grab a table if you can find one and play spot the language. During our recent Christmas Shopping trip we were back here and Santa had arrived early and given this place a new carpet with the Prince's Feathers scattered on it. It is often said this pub is haunted but I never believed this until our most recent visit - we were talking about the old photo of a young woman when out of the blue the menu fell off the table - maybe if you visit she won't turn up!! If you are into real ales it really is the place for you with three ales featured every week. We usually only have a filled roll and cold drink but I have had their mouthwatering fish and chips which come highly recommended.
Properly called Footdee (thats what you'll see on the front of the bus), locally its pronounced Fittie.
Its the village at the harbour entrance, once upon a time there as a fishing community, but now just another part of the city - distinctive, however.
Worth a trip to see the architecture, the beach, the old lighthouse and the ships entering and leaving the harbour.
Very cold place when the wind's from the east or north - even in summer!