Posted by: christinelaennec | December 6, 2011

The Duthie Park

The Duthie Park is a beautiful Victorian park by the River Dee in Aberdeen.  It was gifted to the city in 1880 by Miss Elizabeth Duthie, and was formally opened in 1883 by Princess Alexandra.  It is still a favourite place for Aberdonians to visit, and I like how they refer to it always with the “The”.  Aren’t these pink granite swans on the fountain elegant?

Fountain at the Duthie Park, Aberdeen, December 5th 2011.

The water was frozen solid, as was the boating pond beyond.  The River Dee was flowing past the second row of trees.

In the summer the park has beautiful flower beds, and at all times of year the glass-houses of the Winter Gardens are an amazing experience.  But the Dafter and I braved the cold.  She is making slow progress, and was able to walk around the circumference of the park with me.  She took this beautiful photograph of the sun setting in the southwest:

Sunset from the Duthie Park, Aberdeen, 2:45 pm, 5th December 2011. Photo by the Dafter.

We were last here in the summer, when there was a band playing in the gazebo:

The gazebo at the Duthie Park, Aberdeen, 5th December 2011.

But with the temperature hovering around freezing, it was best to keep moving!

And in case you missed it, I’m giving a copy of “Amish Proverbs” away – see my last post if you’re interested.



  1. That looks like a wonderful park and I love that fountain !!

  2. I’d never heard it called ‘The’ Duthie Park. Seems a bit like the North American way of referring to airports, which always intrigues me – ‘the [insert name of town] airport’.
    Glad The Dafter is up to a walk on a chilly day – that takes a bit of stamina.

    • Linda, I thought for a moment about your North American airport comment — you’re correct! If I had to guess, I’d say it’s because many major cities’ airports are not named for their associated cities. Example: Atlanta’s major airport is Hartsfield-Jackson, Boston’s is Logan, and Washington’s is Dulles. But we tend to say, “I’m flying into Atlanta” or “The Boston airport is a zoo” OR “I’m flying into Dulles.” Interesting point I’d never considered!

  3. Hi Christine! I loved this post. The sunset at 2:45, however … I recall the first Christmas I spent in Maine, and I was appalled that the sunset began around 3:30! It made for a very short day. Of course, Himself pointed out that it was full daylight by 5 AM. To which I replied, big deal!

    Our winter sunsets are around 5:30. Any earlier would seem too strange to me. But I suppose one gets used to it!

  4. Beautiful and I’m happy to read that the Dafter went with you.Thank her for the stunning sunset picture…

  5. What wonderful news, that the dafter is feeling up to a walk in the park. Nice photograph, too.

  6. There are so many lovely parks there! I do love the pink granite swans. It is such good news to hear that the Dafter is out and about a little bit now. That must have been a very happy stroll for you! Her photo is very nice. xx

  7. I get a lot of stick from my daughter about using “The” in front of nouns. In my case, I think it’s an Irish throwback (3 generations!) and it tends to be accompanied by “-ing”s. For example: “Is it the tea you’ll be wanting?” instead of “Do you want some tea?” Mind you, I’ve heard that said on the west coast of Scotland too.

  8. the pink granite is lovely. nice picture by your daughter and i’m glad she is feeling like getting out of the house for a bit. it must be a good feeling to be able to go for a stroll with her. 🙂

  9. When I get to Scotland some day, I know i will feel at home thanks to you

  10. Oh, it looks lovely. I’m glad Dafter was well enough to come along for a bit!

  11. Super post. I’m lucky enough to live ten minute walk from this. Great place for photography, running, chilling and walking around. Always buzzing in the summer too!

  12. It is ‘The’ Duthie Park. I’ve never known why. You don’t talk about ‘The’ Seaton Park.

  13. Dear all,

    I’m glad you liked coming along to The Duthie Park with us! It is a great pleasure to go for a stroll with the Dafter, and thanks to everyone for your continued good wishes.

    Roobeedoo – I think there are a lot of Irish-isms in Scottish speech. People also say “I’m after posting the letter” instead of “I posted the letter” too. Carry on with the Celticisms, I like them!

    Ellen – I have to say that one of the good things about the short days is that I enjoy the sunrises – at about 9 a.m. at this time of year!

    Flora – It’s a mystery why of all the parks in Aberdeen, this one has a definite article!

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