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Report - Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool, MacDuff - February 2013

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by albannach, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. albannach

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    Tarlair Swimming Pool opened in 1931 at the base of a sea cliff just outside Macduff in Banffshire (now Aberdeenshire) in Scotland. This outdoor swimming complex was built in an Art Deco style with a main building backing onto the cliffs and changing rooms to its left hand side. Since 2007 it has been protected as a category A listed building. Not sure when it fell into disrepair but it has two pools, (apparently one is filled in, only a metre deep now). I love outdoor swimming so had to visit before it might get turned to rubble. Random location, I don't think it'll ever get redone, times have changed although I personally would use it all the time if I lived close. Two main buildings, access to one (pretty much a total derp inside). There is a community group trying to restore it, good luck I say, whole place is a bit of a derp - The council has greenlit plans for redevelopment but I doubt it'll happen. In it's heyday Wet Wet Wet played a festival here(how appropriate).
    Heyday:

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    Anyway, on with the pics.

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    Y'eve been telt! (I didn't swim, water looked manky but lower pool certainly gets washed out slightly by the tide)
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    View across plus main pavilion/tea house building
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    Main pool to the left, a freak wave came in and got me! Soaked my lens so hopefully shots came out ok
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    I got here late afternoon so not much light
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    Looking over to the changing room building
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    Inside, an old slide and the stalls
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    Some derped old controls
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    Pump that helped clean the main pool
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    Pipes on the outside of the pump
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    Site would be good for some long-exposures shots, and maybe to camp at during summer

    Cheers!
     

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