Fordyce Travel Guide

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Fordyce Things to Do

  • A Modern Touch

    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...

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  • Discover how wood was used in the past

    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...

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  • The Old Kirkyard

    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...

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  • A Castle with a bit of a twist

    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...

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  • Take a walk along the banks

    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...

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  • The font and other things

    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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  • The kirk

    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...

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  • The whys and wherefores

    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

    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...

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  • Sure to drag the tourists in

    "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...

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  • Fordyce Joiner's Workshop and Visitor...

    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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  • Sculpture Park

    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

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

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  • Village Streets

    Although it contains many historical buildings, the streets themseves are an important part of the village.laid our in a medieval pattern, there are many interesting things to see.

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  • Ancient Tombs

    In the old kirk of St Talarican's, and in the graveyard, there are many ancient tombs in rememberance of long forgotten heroes and important people

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Fordyce Transportation

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 12, 2008

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    Fordyce is located one mile inland from the coastal road of the A98 between Cullen in Moray and Portsoy in Aberdeenshire. Depending on your direction of travel it is signposted on the left from Portsoy and on the right from Cullen. The unlisted 'B' road leading to the village is narrow and almost single track with some passing places. Strangely it isn't until you enter the village you are informed that long vehicles, including some motor homes and towed caravans are unsuitable for the narrow streets. Public transport is very sparse with only local mini buses connecting to Portsoy and Banff. A car is essential in these parts of rural Aberdeenshire. Parking is free near to the newer Parish Church.

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