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The Invergordon Archive

Bird's Eye View of Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
Bird's Eye View of Invergordon

Another picture in the series taken by The Highland Council Planning & Development Department. The detail, seen in the Larger Version, is remarkable and it looks like the picture was taken on a Friday as the local market is in evidence at the Bargain Centre in the High Street.
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Picture added on 21 April 2005
Looking at the reclaimed ground I suddenly realise how much the coastline or should say shore line along Shore Road has changed. Where did they get all the earth etc to fill in such a large area?
Added by Doug Will on 20 July 2011
The infill was dredged from the Moray Firth seabed.
Added by Ronald A Stewart on 20 July 2011
Doug, you raise an interesting point. Some of the earliest pictures of the harbour area in this Archive show that the coastline followed a line which is now covered by Shore Road. This of course followed the line previously followed by the railway serving the dockyard, up to a point since the railway didn’t extend beyond the sheds at the foot of the Admiralty Pier.
It is quite apparent from this aerial photo the straight shore-line created before the Admiralty Pier was built, the pier being erected by the Navy to provide fuel oil from the tank farms to ships of the fleet.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 21 July 2011
I think a lot of the old brick cladding from several of the tanks were also used as infill.
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 21 July 2011
Nothing stays the same, it is called progress.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 July 2011
I find myself quite disorientated when I visit Invergordon nowadays. Elements of the town are so changed it doesn't seem like my birthplace anymore.
Added by Bill Geddes on 08 August 2011
I agree with Bill's remark. I finally "left" Inverg when I found that the house where I was born was no longer there, it was a car park. For some reason I felt incredibly cross about it (and they hadn't even put up a Blue Plaque!!!).
Added by John Fraser on 05 January 2012
No doubt you must feel "Marooned" in Aberdeenshire John !!!!
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 06 January 2012
John may feel a bit blue but never marooned.
Added by Jock Mitchell on 06 January 2012
Right on cue Jock - just knew that one was coming!
All the best to you both.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 07 January 2012
Old maritime aviators may be a tad uncertain as to where they are, but never marooned, especially in that "Riviera of the North", Morayshire. I really do dislike this time of year - cold, wet, windy, short days. Roll on a couple of weeks in the sun at the end of the month. (I can just hear my mother saying "Don't you be wishing your life away, now!")
Added by John Fraser on 07 January 2012
As can be seen from the last entry from another John Fraser, you had the wrong one. However, I remain a fervent "blue-nose" travelling to all home games and as many away matches as I can get tickets for. I will be depending on guys like you when County face Rangers at Victoria Park next season in the SPL. How the years are flying-in. Another 2.5 years and I will be thinking about retiring - how about you guys? Graham you said you were going to give me a shout some time you are down visiting in Inverurie. It would be great to see you. Suppose the same onus is on me when I make my infrequent trips up North, mostly for funerals nowadays. Jock same for you. Are you still coming down to Aberdeen now and again. It would be good to meet-up with you.
Added by John Fraser on 10 January 2012
Invergordon has certainly changed since I left at age fifteen to move back to my home town Grimsby. I used to live on Rosskeen Drive with my brother Andrew and sister Kerry and mum and dad Lanny and Kathleen Fraser ...I have been in touch with James Wares who I first ever spoke to at school in 1972...would be good to know what other friends are up to like Ian McLeod Abby Macpherson Alistair Skinner Lorna Davidson Gary Chapman Steven Fowler etc...loved my time in Invergordon as a kid
Added by William Mark Fraser (little Mark) Or Wullie on 08 February 2013
What is the structure in the middle of the basin?
Added by Eddie Trotter on 11 February 2013
The structure was (long since removed) a barge and link-span installed to service the RoRo ferry to Kirkwall which ran from the mid '90s up until early 2001.

Added by Ronald A Stewart on 11 February 2013
After a closer look at Shore Road, when was it extended along past the dockyard as when I lived there it turned up by the Dunns plumber shop and joined onto the High Street? Looking at it now the road seems to carry on and I suppose eventually join up with the Saltburn Road. Also seems like a lot of the houses in that area have gone too. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Added by Doug Will on 13 February 2013
Wullie Fraser : I knew your folks very well when they were both very prominent in running the Youth Club along with Fraser Falconer, Cochrane Donald, Pete Angus and others when it was in the old buidings (now demolished) which were part of Park School, and before that part of the Academy, pre 1968. Ian McLeod, Abby Macpherson, Alistair Skinner, Lorna Davidson are still in Invergordon - I don't know Gary Chapman, and Steven Fowler (I think) still lives in the town, but not sure. Ian McLeod's son won "Player of the Tournament" last week when Invergordon Juniors won the South Lodge 5 Aside Football Tornament which was sponsored by the local Fire Brigade and run by myself and Edwin Skinner. Alistair Skinner (no relation to Edwin) working in the Distillery for many years.
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 13 February 2013
Hi Kenny nice to hear from somebody who knew my mam and dad. Sadly both no longer with us. Must admit I enjoyed my time as a kid in Invergordon. Do remember the youth club which my dad helped out in. They where good times.
Added by William (Mark) Fraser on 18 February 2013
Yes Doug the road carries on through the old dockyard, past the bottom of the legion, in front of Privetts old house and through the old swimming pool site to come out on Saltburn Road. It takes the heavy traffic off the High Street but a lot of the old cottages around the Shore were demolished and the freedom to walk down the middle and RAF piers is now gone....
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 20 May 2013
Thanks for that info Liz as somebody remarked life goes on and changes are inevitable?
Added by Doug Will on 20 May 2013
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Aerial views taken by The Highland Council Planning Department

Cromarty Firth looking eastAerial view of Invergordon looking SouthAerial View of Invergordon from the South-WestAerial view of Invergordon and Firth looking westAerial view of InvergordonAerial view of Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth