One of the biggest greenhouse available in the country. You can find virtually all sort of flowers and plants from around the world, blooming in this cold Aberdeen weather.
I was a surprise to see tropical plants, deset cactus, palm trees growing very well in this enclosure greenhouse. Most of the flowers continue to bloom even during winter season.
Located inside Duthie Park, along Riveside Drive. Open Mon to Sun... no entry charge.
There are two beaches here in Cruden Bay a little one and a big one seperated by the Water of Cruden, a small burn which flows into the North Sea. This is one of my favourite walking spots, the beach is a mile and a half long so provides a great three mile walk on its pale coloured soft sand. Cross the little wooden bridge named Ladies Bridge and go for a walk in all seasons. I love the sea with its ever changing vista, its spectacular changes in colour all influenced by the weather. I have seen many beaches on my travels, but the one in my home village, with its solitude and changing mood will always remain my favourite.
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Update just to say I have updated some photos and we got a beach award this year which means the beach is clean and so is the sea = good news indeed.
If you are a fan of roses, you have to see this place, Duthie Park. Aberdeen been label Britain in Bloom so many times can be justified by the sheer size of this hill of roses.
You can find all species of roses blooming away everywhere. It fills up a hill... yes! a hill... I am not kidding. See the photo for yourself.. or better still.. make a trip there to witness... You can actually smell the scent of roses all over the park.
Duthie Park, along Riverside Drive.
The little shops in the village are all on Main Street, a short little street, where the Cruden Burn runs through. We don't have a lot of shops, we only have four, but it is enough for locals and tourists alike = yes we do get tourists here mostly in the Summer months. The little gift shop is the newest addition to the village it sells local paintings - gifts and sovenirs. Small village Post Offices are under threat of closure - I do hope we get to keep ours, if it closed I would have to go to our nearest town which is eight miles away just to post a postcard overseas. I don't shop much in the village, prices are a bit on the high side, but I do like to use them occasionally. Shopping locally keeps a village alive and it is usually in such places you can catch up with the local news with the shopkeepers BTW if you are a tourist stop by even if it is just for some information or directions - they will be happy to help you!
This is a small coastal woodland hugging the North East Coast. It is unusual because it survives the damaging effects of salt air and harsh winter winds the trees you are likely to encounter here are broad leaf trees, mainly sycamore, beach, oak and ash.
It is privately owned and some what neglected, but you are free to walk here anytime, Scotland has a right of access for anyone to any where but I do object to people using scrambler bikes and quads here, this makes for muddy condition's for walkers and does nothing for the exposed roots.
The Wood Lands Trust have been trying to get ownership in order to look after the woodland and conserve it for the future, but so far the owners have not sold the woods. I often walk my dog here in the woodlands of Cruden Bay and only hope it survives and brings pleasure to ramblers and nature lovers for years to come. I have updated some photos from my most recent walk here - Late spring into early summer sees the woods really come alive.
You have not seen Scotland if you did not drive out to the country side. A drive out to the country is not as difficult as it sounds. They are many interesting scene and views along the way. Unlike many other major cities, you can literally see the country side within 10 mins drive from the city center. Aberdeen is really small.. you will not forget the sightings you will get...
I love this part of my home village although still in Cruden Bay it is also known by its much older name of Port Erroll. The houses run along one side of the street with their gardens positioned accross the road, there is no room for gardens to the rear of the properties, here you will find more cute cottages set in tiny uphill streets. Being a keen gardener myself I like to take an interest in other peoples gardens, the ones in the pictures are probably my favourites. There are no harsh colours here, houses are mostly subtle pale colours and the gardens mostly have a seafairing theme. My favourite house here is the first one in my pictures, called the Lang Hoose but unfortunately for me it isn't up for sale!
The Bullers of Buchan has great headland walks. All sorts of seabirds can be found nesting high on the sea cliffs.
Excellent coastal wild flowers perfume the air as you sit and listen to the mournful cry of the gulls.
If you are very lucky you might spot a puffin or two. I often come here but without my dog the headland and cliffs have sheer drops but the beauty is drop dead gorgeous
I often walk on Ward Hill with my dog, to see the cliffs rise from the sea, watch the seas energy as it crashes on the rocks, to feel and taste the salt water on my face as it is carried through the air by strong sea breezes, definately a place to wake me up. The walk can take a long time, as you stop many times to ponder nature and the sounds and sights of the sea. Ward Hill is marshy moorland and I often spot grouse here when Shannon startles them from there hiding places in the grass marshes. In Spring time wild flowers bloom on the hill and on the rocks and cliffs, my favourites are the Sea Pinks. A good place to walk and unwind.
When we first moved to the village of Cruden Bay the area behind our street was home to a brick making factory known as Cruden Bay Brick & Tile Company. There was a huge brick chimney and red brick buildings scarred the landscape around here. This closed down completely around twenty years ago. The deep clay pits which were left behind have over time collected enough rain water to produce a beautiful little loch complete with a sweet island in the middle - a perfect habitat for ducks and swans. Here you can walk amongst the many wildflowers through long grass (there are no paths) till your hearts content. Local plans are for more housing here - but some one is already in residence - a badgers set has been located - this is a protected animal here in Scotland so hopefully the badger will stay and no houses will appear here to spoil the tranquility.
Although the Golf Club is for members only, you have the right to walk here if you wish. I don't play golf but often walk on the course with my dog (you must clean up after them if they foul the grass or paths). The access law is different in Scotland than in England and Wales - here you have the right to walk on most land. A pleasant, if somewhat dangerous place, watch out for the stray golf balls, stick to the paths, enjoy the sea air and the great views. The club house is very modern and has the best views of the beach, we sometimes come here for a meal on a staff night out, it is no problem for non members to visit = most members will be happy to sign you in as their guest = just ask.
The woods are often very wet & muddy with only a narrow walking path used by horse riders & dog walkers like me. Fortunately for Mother Nature most people stick to the path (except my dog - she doesn't know the country code!) so the wild flowers are left to show off in peace.
Fields of gold ring the countryside as the Autumn harvest is brought in by the local farmers. During September & October there is an increase in farm traffic on the roads. so Be prepared for very slow driving and have a lot of patience, these natural chain of events can not be hurried;
Slains Castle sits high up on the sea cliffs and is said to be the place which inspired Bram Stoker to write the classic novel Dracula. Whitby in England has the same claim, but no matter, it is a place where I walk often. It has stood as a ruin for many years, the inside is quite fascinating a bit like walking through history, a place where you can dream and relax.
A Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is traditional Scottish dancing, jigging to fiddles, bagpipes, and guitars. It was a lot of fun. For the beginner it wasn't too hard to pick up on the dances. The band leader will explain the dances and then about 1/2 through you actually get the hang of it.
Its sorta like the dancing scene in 3rd class in the movie Titanic except everyone is dressed to the nines.
These are only occasional events that happen every couple of months. It is better to have a date, but it isn't required at all because many people dance with different people.
It definitely was a lot of fun!!!! This American wants to go again!!