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Arbroath Abbey, Arbroath, Scotland

Ruins of a 12th century Abbey


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A southeast view from Arbroath, I used a polarizing filter on this shot.

Arbroath Marina , Arbroath, Tayside, Scotland


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One from the archive.

Arbroath Harbour, Angus, Scotland.

Signal Tower Arbroath, built in 1813 it was used to signal to the Keepers on the Bell Rock Light House. It sits at the entrance of Arbroath harbour and was looking good this morning.

Beautiful cliffs out of red sandstone. The Colours are very beautiful . This was the first nature thing i was impressed by at my scotland trip

What a glorious morning, that turned into a glorious day!

Looking out to sea with the concrete pillars going into the distance.

Arbroath Marina Angus Scotland


Thank you for all your comments and visits

© Ralph Stewart 2009

Photo taken near Arbroath Scotland

A daytime long exposure looking toward the Fife coast from Arbroath breakwater.

The Red Lion Caravan Park

sunset at arbroath, scotland


Auchmithie is a small village on the coast of Angus some three miles north east of Arbroath. The village itself stands above 120ft cliffs, while below then is a pebble beach, an old and partly derelict harbour, and some fascinating rock architecture.


Much of today's village stands on a single street. At its south west end you find St Peter's Church and the Village Hall. The road then passes the village pub, theBut n Ben and between rows of mainly single storey cottages. The village car park is on the left just before you reach the pub. You can drive through the village, but the road is a cul de sac, so at the far end you simply have to turn round and drive back.


In the centre of the village is a red sandstone square of cottages surrounding a watertank on a brick base. The central cottage has a doocot in its roofspace. The cottages on the seaward side of the village street back onto the cliffs. A track that emerges opposite the pub (and steps from further along the street) allow you to descend to the bay below: at which point you begin to realise just how precariously some of these cottages appear to be clinging to the top of the cliffs.

The bay below Auchmithie follows the curve of an attractive pebble beach. To the north the beach is terminated by sheer red sandstone cliffs. These are pierced by a number of rock arches and caves, the latter once making this a popular area for smugglers. The south end of the bay is home to Auchmithie's now derelict harbour, above which a few small boats are pulled up on the shore. The bay is otherwise empty except for a couple of sheds and a series of low concrete structures covered by hatches.

These are a clue to Auchmithie's main claim to fame. Auchmithie was once a thriving fishing harbour, which in the early 1800s had a population of some 400. The harbour was home to 12 white fish boats, 6 large herring boats, and around 20 small boats fishing for lobsters and crabs. Auchmithie was also where the Arbroath Smokie was first produced. This is a hot-smoked, headless and gutted whole haddock, sold in pairs. Processing took place in half barrels sunk into the ground covered by sacking. The origins of the smokie are confused by a story of their accidental discovery after a fire in a cottage in which fish were stored. The truth is much more likely to revolve around the village's Norse origins, suggesting that smokies have been made here for over a thousand years.

During the 1800s Arbroath Town Council sought to develop its fishing industry by improving the harbour facilities and making land available at the Fit o' the Toon for housing for skilled fishermen who wanted to move there. The result was the relocation of a large part of the population of Auchmithie to Arbroath and the virtual abandonment of Auchmithie Harbour. The new residents ofArbroath continued to smoke haddock by their traditional method, and the Arbroath Smokie was born. Today the name is protected by EU law: if it isn't made within an eight kilometer radius of Arbroath Town House it isn't a smokie. And as the modern pits in the bay below Auchmithie testify, some of those smokies are still produced where the process originated.


Took a walk down Arbroath along the coast line over the cliffs looking down into the sea.

Arbroath has long been a fishing centre and is particularly associated with kippers and Abroath Smokies (smoked haddock). As you might expect, the restaurateurs in the area make full use of this fresh local produce.

Sunset down at the Harbour.

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum with the sunset in the background. Angus Scotland


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:copyright: Ralph Stewart 2009


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From around Arbroath harbour area

Arbroath Harbour in the early evening sunlight. Angus Scotland.


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All post processing in Photoshop. Sky heavily pushed in curves.

Arbroath Smokies originated in Auchmithie, a small fishing village a few miles north of Arbroath, which is to the north of St Andrews (where I live).


These smokies are from Iain R. Spink, a fixture at Fife farmers' markets, as well as summertime Highland Games. (This photo was taken at the St Andrews Highland Games, on July 31, 2011.)


Perhaps the finest way to enjoy haddock.


Strobist: pop-up flash set to -1, external flash (SB-700 triggered by camera set in "commander mode" with warming gel, placed on ground and lighting from camera right, manual power, 1/4).

A shot of the interestingly shaped breakwater at the harbour in Arbroath.


I shot the breakwater at the other end a few weeks ago but at the time I didn’t realise how far a walk it was to the other viewpoint so there was no chance of shooting both at the same high tide. I decided to make a return trip and timed it for a high tide at sunrise. I was hoping to get a little movement in the water and some nice strong light from the left. Well I got the high tide but as you can see the light is about as flat as you could imagine. I’m not too upset because I think this view still works. I’ll probably use this image as a monochrome in the future but I also liked this colour view so that’s what is being posted today. I hope you like.


A walk along the coast in Arbroath, got this shot of the Deil's Heid rock.

Deils Heid at Arbroath Cliffs, was here for sunrise with Phil this was just a few minutes later.

Arbroath Abbey, in the Scottish town of Arbroath, was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion for a group of Tironensian Benedictine monks from Kelso Abbey. It was consecrated in 1197 with a dedication to the deceased Saint Thomas Becket, whom the king had met at the English court. It was William's only personal foundation — he was buried before the high altar of the church in 1214.


The last Abbot was Cardinal David Beaton, who in 1522 succeeded his uncle James to become Archbishop of St Andrews. The Abbey is cared for by Historic Scotland and is open to the public throughout the year (entrance charge). The distinctive red sandstone ruins stand at the top of the High Street in Arbroath.

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