The River Dee and Brig o’ Dee

Often on weekends, when there’s no pandemic, we venture out into the countryside for walks and picnics. Today I found myself missing that peace, quiet, and feeling of remoteness since we haven’t left the city for more than a month now. I do love living in the inner city with its convenience but I also feel the need to escape from it semi-regularly.

To satisfy these cravings we went for a walk today beside the River Dee. There were quite a few people out walking and cycling but it didn’t feel crowded. The path in the next four photos runs from Duthie Park to the Brig o’ Dee (Bridge of Dee).

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This is the Brig o’ Dee, a beautiful granite and sandstone bridge, built in 1527. In 1639 it was host to a  mighty battle between covenanters (Scottish Presbyterian movement) and Charles I’s army. The disagreement was over, of all things, a prayer book that Charles I introduced and which the covenanters opposed. The covenanters won. Thank goodness the bridge suffered no lasting damage for so trivial a battle and we get to appreciate it today. It is beautiful.

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One of the nice things about Aberdeen is you don’t have to travel very far before you get the feeling of being in a rural setting. Just past the Brig o’ Dee the path becomes a dirt track and the countryside appears on the opposite bank.

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I’ve never seen this path before and I’m not sure how far it goes. It runs beside the River Dee on the northern bank and goes right behind B&Q, David Lloyd, Sainsburys, and Robert Gordon University. We only went as far as Robert Gordon University.