Footdee, Aberdeen

We went out for a long walk this afternoon to an old fishing village at the very tip of the east end of Aberdeen harbour. It’s called Footdee, or “Fittie”, as the locals call it. Aberdeen harbour has been hijacked by the oil industry and none of it is walkable to the public (not that I could see anyway), apart from Footdee.

The walk there was ghastly. The oil industry has put its footprint on Aberdeen harbour and it ain’t pretty. Yes, I know oil has brought lots of money to Aberdeen and I’m not denying that, but I can also present the truth which is that Aberdeen harbour is now very ugly because of it. This is what the walk to Footdee looks like when you walk parallel to the harbour:

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It’s one frightful sight after another. I feel like banging my head against a wall when I hear people complain about the appearance of wind farms. See my images above for goodness sake. I suppose it’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but I would eat my underpants if anyone said they found those images beautiful. I do find wind turbines beautiful but even if I did not, they’re a damn site more attractive than what the oil industry has done to Aberdeen harbour.

However just around the corner from all this ugliness, was Footdee and what a beautiful place it is. It was well worth the walk. Thank goodness the area has been preserved.

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There was something a bit hobbit-like about some of the homes there. I’m about 175cm tall which isn’t that tall but still too high to fit through this doorway:


IMG_7128Next to the village was the beach:
IMG_7105And the obligatory playground:

IMG_7117Where I had a snooze (or a napfu as one of my blogging friends calls it) since I’m still feeling jet-lagged:


21 responses to “Footdee, Aberdeen”

  1. I love the preservation of such places but then they were built to last. Hope you’re settling in OK.

    “but I would eat my underpants if anyone said they found those images beautiful.” Very rash, I am tempted πŸ˜€ 😈

    • They did build things to last back then. I wonder how the area will look in another hundred years? Will there be anything left of the oil industry? If there is will people look at it as a thing of beauty as I did of Footdee? I highly doubt it. I think about what the Victorians have left for us and how we get to enjoy it today but what are we leaving for generations one hundred years from now? Those ugly white towers?? I’m sure they’ll be thankful for those….not.

      • I think people build things to last when they value beauty and the yield that beauty brings to our soul. Now we only value money and the yield it brings to our pocketbooks….:-(

      • Yes, I agree Rev Dele. We need to place more value on nature and the pleasure we get from our environment. This is worth a lot.

  2. Wind farms don’t pollute! I like the stone buildings in Scotland πŸ™‚ erm – 1.75m Is pretty tall in UK! (I’m English and a good 13cm shorter!) But yeah – the door is tiny πŸ™‚ Are you all settling in now? I always think it is hard to move when you go straight into winter – sort of thrown in at the deep end. But I guess schools have just started, so better for your kids. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, scifihammy. We’re looking for a place to live at the moment as we’re just in something temporary. Once we’ve found something more permanent and moved in then I think we’ll feel settled. I’m going to let the kids have a holiday first. I think there’s one week of school left here before a two-week holiday so our kids will start back when the locals do after the break.

  3. The first thought Aberdeen brings to my mind, is the oil rigs!
    Well, 175cm isn’t that tall?!! πŸ˜‰ Btw you look pretty, so is your daughter πŸ™‚

  4. Your story and photos remind my of the North Olympic Peninsula, Wa, USA, particularly Port Angeles, and Port Townsend. But there it’s the paper and pulp mills that change the looks of the towns. And both harbors have been polluted by the mills. You have inspired me to write and photograph a response story, compare and contrast of your place and mine. I’ll be there on a visit next week. You have certainly compared and contrasted two places in your post. I’ve been thinking of photographing and drawing doors. Yours are so interesting. There is an Aberdeen on the peninsula, the west side on the Pacific Ocean. Happy Trails, Kay

    • Oh, I really look forward to seeing your post. A paper and pulp mill sounds relatively harmless but I guess no matter what we do there will be environmental hazards. We need to be more mindful of this and take greater care. We don’t want to lose the beautiful places we have on earth as they bring us so much pleasure. At least, they do for me.

  5. You’re wearing your black and white coat same as all those months ago when you were touring around based in York! Glad you made it over πŸ™‚ And what a fascinating place to live – so many nuances regarding the way history has impacted on the present.

    • Yes, that coat was the best charity shop buy ever. It’s a Zara coat and made with wool and although there was a frozen wind by the sea at Footdee, I was very snug and warm. I didn’t feel cold at all. It’s starting to look a bit tatty though so I might have to invest in a new one at some stage.

  6. Enderman!

    Actually, if you ever take a tr to Blaneu Ffestiniog, that is an example of an industrialised landscape that is now beautiful.. (To some beholders, anyway)

  7. What a delightful village..after the horrid first part of the walk! Love your pics and the one of you by the door is great. Those doors are very small. Are you sure you weren’t back in NZ visiting the shire? πŸ˜‰

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