The Aberdeenshire Canal



About the exploration

Aberdeen to Woodside


Bankhead and Stoneywood






North of Kintore

An exploration of a lost waterway.
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The Aberdeenshire Canal in 2006.

On a trip to Aberdeen in May 2006, I took the chance to indulge in a little industrial archaeology, and took a tour of the Aberdeenshire Canal, which once ran between the city of Aberdeen and the town of Inverurie, an important outpost.

The Aberdeenshire Canal is both enigmatic - it closed way out of reach of living memory - and elusive - much of it was destroyed by the railway that replaced it and by the sprawling urbanisation of Aberdeen.

Today, only fragments of the canal remain, over 150 years since anything sailed down it. But maybe it's remarkable that so much has survived for the intrepid visitor to find today.

To start the tour from Aberdeen click here,or choose a location from the menu on the left.

Should you have any stories, memories, photographs or memorobilia, you can contact me at canal "at"