The sad state of Tarlair Pool

This sign greets you on arrival at Tarlair

Visiting the decaying remains of the Tarlair outdoor swimming pool is a strange experience – both the setting and the art deco structure are stunning but the decayed condition of the place is quite simply shocking – especially when you consider that this is a Grade A Listed Historic Building.

Built in 1930/1 the Art Deco buildings at Tarlair have been Given Grade A Listed Building status

The June 2007 edition of The Leopard magazine has an interesting article on-line on the phenomenon of outdoor pools in the North East by Eric Simpson : “Pools of teeth-chittering delight” which gives more history on Tarlair and other pools.

There has been a consultation on the future of the pool – with (I’m led to believe) £75,000 of public money on external consultants – and the results will be published later in the year.  After ACSEF’s recent CitySquare “consultation” – which used up £300,000 of much needed public funds – I’m very sceptical of consultations these days.

According to the Banffshire Journal one of the potential future uses is as a lobster hatchery. I like many others wait with interest to see what becomes of the place, and I hope whatever it is saves the building, can serve the local community and help create some genuine local jobs.

The two pools in their verdant setting

Sweeping curved poolside terraces contrast with the blocky building

P.S. I have put more images from Tarlair Pool on my flickr page .

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3 Responses to The sad state of Tarlair Pool

  1. I went with my sister last summer to see the pool at Tarlair. It was so sad, we spent so many great times here. The last time we were here was for a concert. It really is a great natural ampitheatre. I hope these beautiful buildings don’t go to waste.

  2. Carole B says:

    I spent 3 of the most magical summer holidays at the pool, staying in Macduff and was in the pool every day of those holidays. I remenber a pipe band playing one of the days and my sister nearly drowned in the boating pool (she shouldn’t have been in there! A man jumped in fully suited to save her!!). Also remenber the waves washing over the wall into the main pool and the temp. change it would bring. This was in the mid to late sixties. Happy times.

  3. A DRUMMOND says:

    WHAT DO YOU EXPECT..WHEN IT WAS BANFFSHIRE THINGS WERE A LOT BETTER.ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL ARE A JOKE.TARLAIR (OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
    “EVERY YEAR THE SEA WALL WAS PAINTED BY “J GATT” AND OTHERS..I HAVE HAD TWO LETTERS WITHIN A YEAR ABOUT MY GARDEN, 1st LETTER WAS ABOUT A AMERICAN F/F AT THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE(BRAND NEW) BECACSE IT WAS A BIT TO BIG TO FIT WITHOUT THE FRONT DOOR AND FRIDGE DOOR BEING REMOVED..THEY EVEN SENT ME A PHOTO OF THE FREEZER AT THE FRONT(AS IF I NEVER NOTICED THE THING THERE.2nd LETTER ABOUT GARDEN..I HAD BEEN IN ARI HOSPITAL FOR THREE WEEKS AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH A TUMER IN MY MOUTH AND UNDERGOING A 17.5hr OP.I HAVE NOW WAITED A WHOLE WEEK FOR THE COUCIL TO CONTACT ME ABOUT JOINING A GARDEN SCHEME..BELEAVE ME ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL IF I WAS FIT TO DO MY GARDEN I WOULD. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER COUNCIL..ATTITUDE IN THE COUNCIL STINKS..BUT IT’S NOT THERE MONEY THEY SPEND,OR SHOULD I SAY WASTE.

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