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Slains Castle

On the way back down from Fraserburgh and Peterhead we decided to take a look at Slains Castle, just on the coast near Cruden. Apparently this is New Slains Castle as there is an older Slains Castle nearby.

Bram Stoker visited the castle in its heyday and is said to have used it as a model for Dracula’s castle in his novel.

It is quite atmospheric and spooky from a distance:-

Slains Castle

Closer view:-

Slains Castle

The interior is open to the elements:-

Slains Castle Interior

Landward side:-

Slains Castle

Seaward side:-

Slains Castle

An interior wall. (This looks much more recent):-

Slains Castle Interior Wall

Fraserburgh

Apart from the Art Deco buildings and its War Memorial (to come later) I didn’t find much to photograph in Fraserburgh – I didn’t take any pictures of the football ground, Belleslea Park, home of Fraseburgh FC, known as ‘The Broch’, as it was a wee bit away from where I finally parked.

However, these were worth noting.

Market Cross:-

Market Cross, Fraserburgh

Decorative Shop Windows:-

Decorative Shop Windows, Fraserburgh

Closer View:-

Decorative Shop Windows, Fraserburgh, Closer View

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 54: Fraserburgh

And so it was on to Fraserburgh where I found three Art Deco buildings:-

An undeniably Deco Garage, built in 1927, now sadly disused:-

Art Deco Former Garage, Fraserburgh

In the main street. The building now houses Iceland:-

Art Deco Iceland, Fraserburgh

This oaybe later than Art Deco’s high period but there is rule of three in the windows plus strong verticals and horizontals:-

Art Deco Shop, Fraserburgh

Crimond War Memorial

The game being off we decided to take a trip up to Fraserburgh another place we hadn’t visited before.

On the way we passed the village of Crimond and I spotted its War Memorial so stopped to photograph it.

A simple tapering pedestal inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men belonging to the parish of Crimond who gave their lives during the wars 1914-1918 1939-1945.”

Crimond War Memorial

Fraserburgh 0-1 Dumbarton

Bellslea Park, 25/10/08

A clean sheet! Progress.

But it was a cup game.

Still, all you can ask is to get into the next round.

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