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Report - Tarlair Swimming Pool, Aberdeenshire - 100808

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by lulatahula, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. lulatahula

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    Visited with Gorecki - the last stop of Lola and Lula do Scotland :D

    Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool opened in the 1930's, built in Art Deco style though modified over the years. Latterly it was operated by the Banff and Buchan District Council and closed in 1996.
    It is one of Scotland's three surviving outdoor seaside swimming pools.

    The large swimming pool plus paddling pool, boating pool and tea pavilion were the very latest in seaside leisure when they were built.
    Architect John C Miller, who was the burgh surveyor for Macduff, designed the swimming pool's outer wall to be fractionally below high tide level.
    Waves rolled in over the edge, giving swimmers the pleasures of the sea in a controlled environment. It also meant the pool was refilled with clean water twice a day.

    The main building housed the refreshments kiosk.
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    We found a way in to the old changing rooms, where there was a lot of STUFF. A model boat club now uses the pool, and some of the old boys were there on the day of our visit. Apparently they used to keep their equipment in the disused changing room block, but it kept getting broken into and vandalised so now it's locked up.
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    The small building on the left was for purchsing entrance tickets.

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    Apparently this little building, on the approach road to the pool, sold glasses of fresh spring water!
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