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« on: January 16, 2017, 07:51:12 pm »

Evening all, I'm in the process of planning a trip to Scotland and I'm hoping to visit Aberdeen in the process to photograph any vessel's that are moored and in the harbour at the time.
Can anyone please advise or suggest any location or if it's possible to gain access to the waterside?

Any help great fully received

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2017, 08:50:41 pm »

Some good spots on the South side of the entrance on Greyhope road for movements in and out. I've walked from there round to the Top dock and there is not a lot of access but you can see into the harbour behind the fences. Looks like another view over the entrance on the North side at Pocra Quay but I haven't been round there.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2017, 11:29:16 pm »

Hi Mike,

You won't get access waterside but otherwise it's one of the best 'open' ports in Scotland! Providing the weather is good (it sometimes is!)then you can walk from the end of the beach prom (Footdee) all around the outside of the harbour and around to the other side up to Battery Point/Golf Course. Depends how often you stop but I have done it in around an hour to 90 minutes. If walking (or driving) I'd suggest doing it on a Sunday when quayside activity in reduced so you can make frequent stops and peep into the various gates/access points. Just don't be tempted to venture past the gates.

The best place for 'underway' shots is up at the battery but is very exposed in bad weather so you really need a car for that as there is no shelter but it's a popular place when the weather is fine.

Another location is the car park opposite the maritime museum - if you pick the top floors you can get some interesting views of ships virtually in the city centre.

There are also harbour trips -

Hope that helps. Drop me a message if you want anymore info.


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