Portlethen

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Coordinates: 57°03′N 2°06′W / 57.05°N 2.1°W / 57.05; -2.1

Portlethen
Scottish Gaelic: Port Leathain[1]
Portlethen is located in Aberdeen
Portlethen
Portlethen
 Portlethen shown within Aberdeenshire
Population 7,130 (2011 Census) [5]
OS grid reference NO9178396318
Council area Aberdeenshire
Lieutenancy area Kincardineshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ABERDEEN
Postcode district AB12 4xx
Dialling code 01224 78xxxx
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine
Scottish Parliament Aberdeen South and North Kincardine
List of places
UK
Scotland

Portlethen (/pɔərtˈlɛθən/; Scottish Gaelic: Port Leathain) is a town located approximately 7 miles south of Aberdeen, Scotland along the A90. The population according to the 2011 census was 7,130 [2] making it the seventh most populous settlement within Aberdeenshire.

To the east of Portlethen lie three fishing villages: Findon, Downies and Portlethen Village (now often referred to as Old Portlethen).

Although Portlethen has been granted official town status,[3] it resembles a residential suburb without a clear 'town centre' or focal point.

Geography[edit]

Portlethen is a coastal town lying along the North Sea coast. A small island May Craig is situated off shore from Portlethen. Portlethen is located in the historic county of Kincardineshire.

History[edit]

Portlethen was originally a small fishing village.[4] The harbour is located in what is now Old Portlethen, the original village on the coast about a half a mile east from Portlethen Parish Church.

An inlet on the North Sea at Portlethen. Historically Used as Portlethen Harbour. Photo credit: Richard Slessor

Portlethen lies about two kilometres east of the ancient Causey Mounth road, which was built on high ground to make passable this only available medieval route across the Mounth from coastal points south to Aberdeen. This ancient passage specifically connected the Bridge of Dee with Muchalls Castle and Stonehaven to the south.[5] The route was that taken by the William Keith, 7th Earl Marischal and James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose when they led a Covenanter army of 9000 men in the first battle of the Civil War in 1639.[6]

Expansion[edit]

Portlethen has expanded very rapidly. In the 1980s a new retail park was constructed. Portlethen is still continuing to expand into a sizable town

Farming[edit]

The Webb chicken was first bred on a farm to the west of Portlethen in the 1920s. The Webb and its related breeds are popular choices with free range farmers due to their natural disinclination to roost in trees and shrubs.[citation needed]

Portlethen Moss[edit]

Main article: Portlethen Moss

Much of modern day Portlethen has been built over the Portlethen Moss Nature Reserve, formerly home to the Great Crested Newt and the Red-spotted newt. The remainder of Portlethen Moss is approximately one quarter of the size it was twenty years ago.[7] Groups such as the Portlethen Moss Conservation Group were created specifically to maintain the area for the use of future generations. [8]

Amenitites[edit]

Retail[edit]

Portlethen has four main shopping areas: Portlethen Retail Park, The Green, Muirend Court and Rowanbank Court.

There is an Asda superstore in Portlethen Retail Park and two Co-Operative Food convenience stores located at The Green and Rowanbank Court. Other well known outlets in the town include Argos, Homebase, Matalan

Food & Drink[edit]

There are a variety of take-away and restaurant outlets in Portlethen, most of these are located within the main shopping areas. There is also a Brewers Fayre pub restaurant next to the A90 dual carriageway near Badentoy Park called The Mains of Balquharn.

There are four pubs in Portlethen; the Mains of Balquharn, The Paddock (at The Green), The Lethan Arms and The Neuk (in Portlethen Village). Portlethen Golf Club also has a bar open to the public.

Hospitality[edit]

In addition to the Brewers Fayre restaurant, there is a Premier Inn hotel at the Mains of Balquharn.

White-beaked dolphins south east of Old Portlethen. Whale and dolphin watching is a popular attraction in summer.

Sport[edit]

Portlethen has two all-weather concrete tennis courts, a bowling green with public and private sessions, a swimming pool and a private members' golf club. Its also home to one of Scotland's top archery clubs Lethen Archers.

Youth[edit]

A Youth drop-in centre was opened in April 2007, in the old library building.[9]

There also various youth groups running regularly at Portlethen Parish Church[10] and Jubilee Hall.[11]

There are two main parks in Portlethen: Bourtree Park and Nicol Park. Nicol Park has a toddlers park, a skate park and two basketball courts. Bourtree Park has a football pitch and a few swings and climbing frames. There are currently plans to create a new "green area"/park in the north end of Portlethen.[12] There are also several small parks containing swings and climbing frames throughout Portlethen.

Other Amenities[edit]

There is an integrated community library and community centre located within Portlethen Academy.[13][14]

The Social Work offices of Aberdeenshire Council for the local area are located within Portlethen.[15]

Education[edit]

There has been a school in Portlethen since the nineteenth century.[16] The original school building is still in use today as the local police station. The school was then moved to new buildings on Cookston Road in 1860. In 1962, a new school block was opened directly across from the old buildings on Cookston Road. This is now Portlethen Primary School.[17]

In 1987, Portlethen Academy was opened. The academy moved to its current new building, adjacent to the original building, in 2006.[18]

In 1989 Fishermoss School, the second primary school in Portlethen, opened its doors. [19]

There are currently plans to refurbish the Portlethen Primary School building and build a third school in Portlethen.[20]

Public Transport[edit]

Train[edit]

There is a train station in Portlethen. According to the Portlethen corridor capacity study, carried out in 2008, services to Portlethen station are too infrequent,[21] but ScotRail introduced an increased frequency from December 2012. There are now nine trains to Aberdeen per day, as well as direct trains to Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Bus[edit]

Portlethen is connected by direct bus routes to Aberdeen in the north, and Newtonhill and Stonehaven in the south.[22] Buses are operated by Stagecoach Bluebird.

Portlethen Golf Club[edit]

Portlethen Golf Club was founded in 1981, and a championship course designed by Donald Steel opened for play in 1989. The Club is owned by its members, but welcomes visitors and currently has vacancies for membership in most categories including gents, ladies and juniors. Club Professional is Muriel Thomson who, when she was appointed in 1990, was the first female golf professional in Scotland. The course is a par 72 with two par 3s and two par 5s in each half (providing a par 3 and a par 5 facing each of north, south, east and west) to complement five par 4s in each half. A series of circuits make it easy to play a few holes or a complete round. The club provides an excellent clubhouse and full practice facilities, including a covered driving range, practice bunkers,short-game area and putting green.[citation needed] In 2011, Portlethen won the Aberdeen and District Pennant League for the first time in the club's history. The 2012 Club Champion was Keith Horne, who went on to win the North East Champion of Champions Trophy. Club Champion in both 2013 and 2014 was Clark Brechin.

Community Council[edit]

The Portlethen & District Community Council (PDCC) was officially reformed on 30 November 2007. It meets monthly in Portlethen Academy, normally on the fourth Tuesday of each month and considers many issues including development proposals and transport. Meetings are open to the public and offer an opportunity to raise topics of relevance to the local community.[citation needed] Portlethen Gala is a social and community event held every summer on the last Saturday in August.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gaelicplacenames.org/databasedetails.php?id=1267
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Causey Mounth, Megalithic Portal, ed. by Andy Burnham, 2007
  6. ^ Archibald Watt, Highways and Biways around Kincardineshire, Stonehaven Heritage Society (1985)
  7. ^ Rough Comparison image
  8. ^ www.portlethen-moss.org.uk
  9. ^ http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/news/release.asp?newsID=377
  10. ^ http://portlethenparishchurch.com/blog/youth-ministry/
  11. ^ http://www.old-portlethen.co.uk/Jubilee%20Hall.htm
  12. ^ http://s251181733.websitehome.co.uk/portlethenmoss/woodland-june-2009.html
  13. ^ http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries/local_libraries/portlethen.asp
  14. ^ http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/cld/centres/portlethen.asp
  15. ^ http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/care/help/living/local_sw_offices.asp#portlethen
  16. ^ http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/search_item/index.php?service=RCAHMS&id=184883&refer=L3NlYXJjaC9pbmRleC5waHA/YWN0aW9uPWRvX3NlYXJjaCZpZD02OTA5JnBfbmFtZT1QT1JUTEVUSEVOJnBfdHlwZT1QT1BVTEFURURfUExBQ0UmcF9wYXJpc2gxPUJhbmNob3J5LWRldmVuaWNr
  17. ^ http://www.portlethen-pri.aberdeenshire.sch.uk/about.html
  18. ^ http://www.portlethenacademy.aberdeenshire.sch.uk/school%20information.html
  19. ^ http://www.fishermoss.aberdeenshire.sch.uk/fishermoss%20school%20prospectus.html
  20. ^ http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1389680?UserKey=
  21. ^ http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/557319
  22. ^ http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/publictransport/timetables/interchange.asp?InterchangeID=18&x=28&y=13
  23. ^ [4]
  24. ^ http://www.grampianstudios.com/continuity_suite.html

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