The Aberdeenshire Canal



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Aberdeen to Woodside


Bankhead and Stoneywood






North of Kintore

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As we enter Dyce, development of the village has expanded it considerably since the 1960s, and has obliterated the route of the canal, which would have curved through the new estates and under the shopping centre. One artefact still survives - milestone number 7½, which is apparently in the garden of 17 Fetach Walk. No other remains exist in this area, apart from milestone number 9, which has been displaced to Dyce churchyard from near Pitmedden.

Milestone number 9

Milestone number nine, which is now some distance from its original location.

When the first Ordinance Survey map was surveyed, a road bridge which crossed the canal still survived, although no evidence survives today. The route of the canal ran under the south side of the now demolished Lawson's of Dyce meat processing works, and a culvert existed just east of the embankment of the Buchan railway line until the 20th century. When the factory was demolished, an archaeological survey was carried out to find remains of the canal and its culvert, but this proved inconclusive.

After the Buchan railway was crossed, some remenants of the canal survived into the 1980s, but industrial development has obliterated these. Milestone number 8 apparently survives close to the railway though, in an area now used as a caravan sales centre.

By this point, the canal has left the built up area of Aberdeen, and a short distance further on, the first remains of the canal bed can be found. These are just to the east of the minor road to Dyce old kirk, immediately after the road crosses the railway.

This short section is well known, lying in a field immediately north of the railway. the bed of the canal is full of boulders - leftovers from the masonry which was apparently removed by the GNSR to use for their railway line.

The Aberdeenshire Canal west of Dyce

Looking eastwards towards Dyce, where the canal snakes its way along parallel to the railway (notice the rail bridge in the background).

The Aberdeenshire Canal west of Dyce

The bed of the canal - notice the discarded masonry, most of which was believed to have been used to construct the railway.

The Aberdeenshire Canal west of Dyce

Stood on the canal bed. The towpath is to the left.

West of the track leading to the church, the canal has been obliterated by gravel extraction where milestone No. 9 once stood, but reappears nearer Pitmedden. Next: Pitmedden

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