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    A Modern Touch

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jul 18, 2008

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    In amongst all the history Fordyce has a little park with a striking sculpture which was designed in 2002 by a student from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. There is an inscription at the base which reads in Gaelic and English = 'Fuar Deas' 'Cold South'. An interesting tree design with the North side showing black metal leaves and the South side frosty white. This doesn't refer to the weather - the opposite would be true - but rather to the people. I'll leave it up to you to work this out.

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    Discover how wood was used in the past

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jul 18, 2008

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    Visiting the Joiners' Workshop with its old wood turning tools and true craftsmanship of the past continued into the present was very interesting. We learned so much from Jimmy, a hard working man of sixty five who displays his work here in his humble workshop. Admission is free here and lovingly produced wooden furniture and garden ornaments are available to buy. On saying this the main reason for the workshops existance is to create a sense of past craftmanship and loving toil with simple pieces of wood. I do support Historic Scotland but was dismayed to learn from the old joiner they were interested in the Old Man's hard earned lives work at a pittance of a price. Jimmy will continue as long as he can on his own doing the work he obviously loves. History does have a price = just think how much modern junk is available to you.
    Opening times are Summer seven days from 10.00am to 20.00 Winter seven days 1.00 18.00

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    The Old Kirkyard

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jul 18, 2008

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    The old Church Tower is all that is left of the original village Church. Named after the Pictish Saint Tarlarican of Tarquin the Church was built around 1272. Looking around the ancient kirkyard there is evidence of a much older Church. Worship ceased here in 1804 when the 'new' Parish Church was built. The remains of the tower and kirkyard are today under conservation work this is why you may notice the brown sheeting drapped around some of the walls. The work is being funded by Historic Scotland and the Pilgrim Trust to preserve some long history of the village and the people of its past.

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    A Castle with a bit of a twist

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jul 17, 2008

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    Fordyce Castle was a great surprise to us! We were not expecting to see a Castle simply sitting on a bend in the road in a tiny village, the sign post pointing the way to Fordyce just said 'Ancient Kirk Yard' with no mention of a Castle. Fordyce Castle was never a proper Castle with no real Princess within but just an 'L' Shaped town house build by Thomas Menzies laird of Durn and Provost of Aberdeen in 1592. 'Visit Scotland' said of Fordyce "Ask a child of around seven years to draw a picture of a little village with a castle and she will draw Fordyce" The Town House has all the charms of an olde worlde charm of a castle and you can just about imagine a Princess living here in her little pink castle - Yes the stuff of dreams and little children. The Town House today is a private residence and self catering accommodation = check out the website to see where todays Princesses may come to stay.

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    Take a walk along the banks

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jul 17, 2008

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    After parking the car we took a stroll passing the Parish Church and followed the little burn which runs through the village. The weather was pleasant with intermittent sunshine and the walk easy and relaxed. After we crossed the little wooden bridge we came to the Victorian Garden, this is not a private garden, it belongs to the village so you are free to visit and take a seat among some spledid trees and flowers.

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    The kirk

    by iandsmith Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    The atmospheric St. Talarican's

    The Kirk next to the castle was known as St Talarican's. It dates back at least as far as 1272, but it is fairly likely that an even earlier church existed on the site. The Kirk remained in use until 1804 when the main focal point of worshop shifted half a kilometre down the road in the grounds of the award-winning toilet.
    So, when you get here you can just about guarantee that you'll have the place to yourself. There are evocative bits and pieces lying around and parts of the old church still standing. Grave sites and slabs litter the grass and mausoleums. It's very boys-own-adventure stuff.

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    The whys and wherefores

    by iandsmith Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Sums it all up really

    Why do some people like visiting villages? I think one of the reasons is simplicity, summed up by this sign. There's a lack of pretentiousness about it all and it tells you all you need to know and it doesn't take you out of your comfort zone. More power to them I say.

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    The centre of town

    by iandsmith Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Looks like L to me

    The castle is probably what's drawn you to the town. It's so unusual to have a typical L-shaped tower house right in the centre of a village totally surrounded by houses. You'd suspect that the village grew around it. You'd be wrong. Though constructed as long ago as 1592, it's actually a relative newcomer to this ancient village, being built by Thomas Menzies of Durn, one time Provost of Aberdeen.
    There's plenty of gun loops and shot holes in this three storey edifice though they would have been somewhat ineffective in some directions.
    The west wing was added around the turn of the 18th century and its uses have changed dramatically. At one time it was the village school but recent restorations see it set up as a self-catering accommodation abode though still mainly a private home.

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    Sure to drag the tourists in

    by iandsmith Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Got to be happy with that

    "Come and have a look at this", cried Rosemarie, midst the Ladies Toilet, something my lifestyle has rarely taken me into. Though there was that time I went in by error, but that's another story. I digress.
    So, assured that she was the only other person in there, I went in to find this notice. We both couldn't help but smile. Firstly that there was even such an award (more power to them I say) and secondly that we were actually standing in the winner. "Loo of the Year" - what a trophy to aspire to, and here it was in the modern church grounds of Fordyce. How many of you have been in such a toilet I ask?

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    Fordyce Joiner's Workshop and Visitor Centre

    by stevezero Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Fordyce Joiner's Workshop and Visitor Centre

    Here you can discover the importance of the rural carpenter to the local community in the days before mass produced goods, with displays of early tools and audio-visual presentation.

    you can see a craftsman working in wood
    At the rear is a a Victorian-style garden
    and you can also view early workshop machinery

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    St Talarican's Kirk

    by stevezero Written Jan 22, 2005

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    St Talarican's Kirk, Fordyce

    Near the castle stands the ancient kirk of St Talarican's. the present building dates back to 1272, but it is believed a church existed on the site long before that time.
    The church renained in use until 1804 to be superseded by a mor modern one at the other end of the villge.

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    Fordcye Castle

    by stevezero Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Fordcye Castle

    Built in 1592 by Thomas Menzies of Durn, the castle is not the oldest building in the village. You come across it simply on the bend in the road through the village.
    It is typical 17th C design, with later additions. The castle is on three storeys
    The castle was once also a school, but is now mainly a private residence.

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    The font and other things

    by iandsmith Written Jan 29, 2006

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    In picture one you can clearly see an old baptismal font while picture two is the largest piece of the old kirk still standing and in three is one of the memorial gravestones inside a crypt.

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    Sculpture Park

    by stevezero Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Sculpture park, Fordyce

    Fordyce has a nice park with an interesting sculpure and seat, where you can sit and admire the old castle and church

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    Cottages

    by stevezero Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Fordyce Cottage

    Fordyce contains many old cottages in the Scottish style. Look out for them as you walk the streets here.

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