On a bright sunny summers day, with the multi coloured quayside houses all painted in bright colours, this could perhaps be the Mediterranean.
It is though the small Fishing Town of Arbroath, on the Angus Coast, North East Scotland.
I refer to Arbroath as a Fishing Town. It was one of the East Coast most important Fishing communities. Even in my lifetime I can recall this harbour packed with fishing boats and a quayside full of the hustle and bustle, of Fish being unloaded, waiting lorries and of course the banter of the wheeler dealers, buying and selling.
Then of course you have the unique culinary delicacy, “The Arbroath Smokie”. A Smokie is a whole small Haddock. Cleaned but left on the bone. Then smoked over hot oak wood chips. The aroma of the smoke houses still drifts across the harbour from harbourside smoke houses.
Gone are the bulk of the fishing fleet, though a few boats are still active. They have been replaced by the Social Yachting and Boating interests….a busy working harbour now a leisure marina.
- Smokies are not Kippers. Kippers are smoked Herring, still nice but not as good in my view as an Arbroath Smokie
Arbroath may have changed, but still well worth exploring. But as always on your travels…
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(C) David Oakes 2020