Menzies Dyce

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Farburn Terrace, Dyce, (formerly Thistle Dyce Skean Dhu), Aberdeenshire, AB21 7DW, United Kingdom
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Where is Alford?

by bobbialf

Hello! My husband and I are visiting Aberdeen in about two weeks. We noticed there's a town called "Alford" which is my husband's surname. We wanted to visit, perhaps hire a car and drive there, but wanted to check to see if it was worth spending part of the two days we'll be there. Thanks very much for your help.

Re: Where is Alford?

by leics

If you put Alford and Aberdeen into

you will not only see where it is you will get driving route and estimated timings (printable).

Alford, Aberdeenshire is about 26 miles away, drive time around an hour.

Make sure you choose the right Alford from the drop-down menu! There are lots in the UK. 'Al' derives from the Saxon word for 'old' and ford is there are lots of places named after 'the old ford'.

Re: Where is Alford?

by leics

Here's Alford's community website:

and a bit of info about it:

Re: Where is Alford?

by bobbialf

Thanks very much for the replies. One more question: We're thinking about traveling on to Balmoral Castle to take in the sights there. We've located it on the map, but wondered what kind of roads we will encounter on the journey. This will be our first driving experience in Scotland (we're from Texas.) Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Re: Where is Alford?

by leics

UK roads may be less straight and narrower than in the US, I don't know, but their surfaces are fine and there is no reason for you to be concerned. We are not talking dirt tracks!

Just tailor your driving to the prevailing road conditions. If you are on a narrow and winding country lane then drive more slowly and defensively....preferably with the window open so you can hear oncoming traffic (hedges can be high).

Familiarise yourselves with driving laws, signage and regulations before you start out. You will find everything you need here:

Getting the OS (Ordnance Survey) maps is a very good idea.....they show a vast amount of detail. You can buy them online (or when you arrive, of course) and get an idea of what they look like here:

Click the pink button, put in 'Alford' and you will get the relevant OS mapping for the area.

You can play for hours on that link! :-))

Re: Where is Alford?

by KathyGh

I drive on that road many times. It is a good road (compared to many roads in Scotland) and plenty wide enough. You will encounter a couple of narrow bits where bridges are located, but nothing to worry about.

The reason this road is a good road, well kept and clean is because the the Queen (and other Royals) use it, so they get special treatment !

The Queen is up here at Balmoral at the moment I think. Before you go all the way out there you might want to check to see for opening times. They have limited opening times when you can walk around the grounds etc., but NOT when they are in residence.

Not forgetting that in Scotland, the people drive fast so if anyone tailgates you (like they often do), just slow down and annoy them even more. That's what I do !!

Travel Tips for Aberdeen

Allanvale Cemetery.

by uglyscot

Quite early on in my time at Aberdeen I made a point of going to Allanvale Cemetery because I knew my maternal grandfather was buried there. He was one of the victims of the Influenza epidemic that swept across the world after WWI. He was only 33 years old. I managed to ask at an office for directions and found the grave, although it had no stone on it. I find cemeteries very tranquil places , and frequently wander around them,.
I find some of the inscriptions very informative, others moving, and one belonging to an Italian woman very romantic. her husband had had inscribed beneath her photograph set in glass, "Life with you ,dear,a glorious [or was it wonderful] adventure." I suppose my favourite memories are meeting my husband, and getting married in Aberdeen.

Packing List

by globetrott

Balmoral Castle - the summer-residence of the Queen will be closed for the public during the summer - mostly july/august/sept.
but during that time you may see the Queen - if you are interested - when she will attend the church-service in Ballater, or maybe at the Highland-games in Ballater...

Daviot recumbent Stone Circle

by shrimp56

Another picture of the Daviot recumbent stone circle looking out over the Aberdeenshire landscape. My apologies for the picture quality -- it was a dreary day, a disposible camera and a lousy scanner:( For better pictures see the website below.

Bella Italiano

by Sharna. about Paldinos

As the daughter of a chef, Im a harsh critic when it comes to food. I have also been spoilt with the best quality seafood living on the coast of Queensland. In light of this I can honestly say that Paldinos is easily the best Italian food I have ever tasted.

The ingredients are fresh, the food is hot and a delicious wine will be suggested to compliment your choice of main. The restaurant is cosy with a warm atmosphere and friendly helpful staff. It is tucked down a side street but is very well known. I can't remember what its called, but i'll find out.

An essential history lesson for modern Scotland

by foxie

A very well put together museum that includes not just a progression of fishing and industry in Scotland, but really gives you an appreciation of the effects of Euro-wide decisions on local economies. It features a 5-story scaled model of a modern off-shore oil rig, with explanations of every level and detail. The entire West side is dedicated to the oil industry and how it affects both the economy and the environment, surprisingly quite balanced.

The East side of the museum is a history of sea trades in Scotland including the great skippers of the tea trade, a section on sailors' lives and duties aboard vessels, an explanation of the fishing trade with indepth models and computer moduals for exploration of various themes and concepts. The latter is obviously designed for kids, but provides lots of really good information clearly for adults.

The museum looks out over the busy Aberdeen port and the observation deck includes an index of common vessels that might be in harbor at any given time. A great way to orient yourself to the city and it's place in the grand global economy.

The only downside is the lack of museum personnel that would have been handy for questions on how to get around the museum or for more information on a given exhibit. A good guide book should include the neccesary information on this attraction.


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Address: Farburn Terrace, Dyce, (formerly Thistle Dyce Skean Dhu), Aberdeenshire, AB21 7DW, United Kingdom