Now that Covid restrictions are easing the Garden Arms are able to offer food and drinks indoors again, and regular local checks ensure that they are fully compliant with current regulations. Come and enjoy a drink and a meal in the centre of the village, where there is also a collection of artworks for display. The external gazebo allows them also to be dog friendly. Booking for a meal on 01261 851260 advised
There is a new edition of the Gardenstown and Crovie tourism leaflet thanks to the Scotland Loves Local Fund.
Currently copies are available at the two shops, but as soon as things open up further they will be distributed elsewhere.
Anyone wanting copies should contact the Gardenstown Village Action Committee secretary (see community groups in directory).
2021 is the 300th anniversary of first record of Gardenstown being used as the name for the village.
We hope to commemorate this with an inscribed stone located at the entrance to the village, and possibly other information elsewhere. At present with the current Covid19 restrictions there are no specific plans for celebration involving gatherings, but hopefully we will still manage to celebrate in some way at the harbour in the summer. If anyone wishes to organise anything else then that would be welcome.
Prior to 1721 there was a settlement here known as Powiesdon, but the first record of the name Gardenstown (then spelt Gardenstoun) is in the birth register of 1721. It is named after Alexander Garden, the 2nd Laird of Troup.
Gardenstown expanded as a fishing village when travel through the area opened up after the 1715 rebellion. Despite their differences, the Hanoverian Laird of Troup and the Jacobite Laird of Auchmedden jointly constructed a new bridge at Nethermill in 1719 which provided the first easy means of travel between Aberdeenshire and Banffshire, and between the parishes of Gamrie and Aberdour.
Exactly what existed around the harbour area in these early days as the village started getting established is rather unknown, but the Garden Arms dates back to 1743 so it must be assumed that both the harbour area and Main Street had become established by then.
The Statistical Account of 1791 records that the town of Gardenstoun contains nearly 300 souls and the number of fishing boats and vessels was similar although smaller than in the larger town of Macduff.
This map of the 1860s show that Main Street, High Street and Seatown plus commercial properties near the harbour were by then much as they remain today.
The Gardenstown Village Action Committee (GVAC) applied for and were awarded a grant from the Scotland Loves Local Fund, administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, obtained with the support of the Area Manager at Aberdeenshire Council.
This fund encourages local shopping and the support of local communities and assists in allowing us to ensure that this assistance can be carried out safely and in line with government guidelines regarding Covid19.
The grant is being used to update our village website, and to provide assisting funding to local retail enterprises. The Little Shoppie in Main Street has obtained an additional screen, hand sanitiser applicator and other safety equipment, Bob and Jane at Spar are replacing their counter-top to make it easier to keep clean, Eli has obtained a new external gazebo to provided external protection at the rear of the gallery and tearoom, and the Garden Arms plan to provide additional screening at the bar ready for future reopening.
So locals and visitors are all encouraged to support our local community during these difficult times – and beyond!
There’s not much going on in the village at present as it’s both winter and is affected by covid19 lockdown. So there’s nothing in the Dreel Hall or Community Hub at present, and not even external gatherings. But that doesn’t stop you from enjoying walks provided that you follow the Government’s guidelines. With care you can still get up to St John’s Kirkyard, and for those that don’t know it there is a splendid round walk to Crovie. Walk to Crovie along the Rotten Shore and round the Sneuk and then return up over the cliff top along the recently constructed footpath which ends up at the end of Morven View Road.
Choose your own starting point and direction!
The Gardenstown Community Hub Association was formed at the end of 2017, and by March 2018, had achieved charitable status. The Association uses the former infant school (donated to the village for its benefit and now called The Hub) in High Street for a wide variety of community activities.
The Hub provides a relaxed and comfortable meeting place for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds. Central to the ethos of the Hub, it is open every Saturday so that anyone can attend and have refreshments whilst enjoying the company of others and joining in with the activities taking place.
The list of events during the first year has been diverse and well attended. There are already workshops in sewing and photography, music sessions, games nights, poetry and cultural evenings, and educational talks.
All this continues apace into 2019 due to kind donations from the public and enthusiastic local volunteers who freely give their time, energy and ideas to organizing events and fund raising.
As befits a 100 year old school building, the Hub is full of historical character: it has two large, well-lit rooms. However, the next stage is to improve the amenity of the building so that, whilst retaining its unique atmosphere and features, it serves its purpose in the 21st century with improvements to disabled facilities, installation of energy conservation central heating and sympathetic upgrading.
There is still much work to be done but if the Hub’s first year is anything to go by, it will provide a focus for the community which will be constructive and inspiring to all who get involved in its development as well as a source of pleasure to anyone who spends time there.
If you wish more information you can visit the Gardenstown Community Hub HERE
Rough Guides have recently announced ‘Britain’s 30 Best Seaside Towns’ and Gardenstown reached 11th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland. An amazing achievement for a small village!
“Scotland’s northeast coast has a bleak, rugged quality, with a series of small fishing villages dotted along the miles of lonely beaches. The prettiest of the lot is Gardenstown, with stone cottages huddled around a wave-gnawed bay, and newer buildings clinging to the nearby cliffs. There’s little to do here beyond soaking up the solitude, taking a windswept stroll along the waterfront, and dropping into the small gallery and teashop down by the harbour. Pure bliss.”
Saturday 27 August 2016, 1.45pm,Public Hall, Gardenstown
Get growing, painting, creating!!
Competition Entries: Adults 25p each; Children’s & Senior Citizens 15p each
(The hall will be open from 7pm-9pm Friday and 8am-9am Saturday prior to the show when entries can be handed in.)
For further information and the 2016 Schedule visit https://www.facebook.com/GardenstownFlowerCraftShow/
Doors Open 1.45pm
Admission: Adults £1.50; Children 50p; Teas £1.50
Presentation of Prizes 3.15pm
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th August 2016
A weekend of arts and crafts exhibitions and demonstrations, hosted by some of the contemporary art and craft galleries promoting north east artists in Gardenstown.
More information can be found on https://www.facebook.com/gamriecreatives
Saturday 23rd July 2016, Gardenstown Harbour, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
An afternoon of Family fun, to be opened by Jim McColl of “The Beechgrove Garden”
Take part in a variety of activities including the Treasure Hunt, Boat Trips, Tug-O-War, Raffles and Lucky Dip, Face Painting and so much more!
Crown the Gala Queen and Princesses and witness the talent of Turriff Pipe Band, Strathbogie Fiddlers and Skip 2 The Beat.
Fish & Chips, Strawberries & Cream, Pancakes and many more refreshments.