Torry Ecomuseum Project - Pictorial Timeline

Welcome to Torry Ecomuseum Project’s interactive pictorial timeline of the changing face of the coastal and waterway environment around Torry. Be part of this collective timeline-making through contributing your photos and stories relating to Torry’s coast and waterways, as well as the natural and built environment spanning many thousands of years.





  • “Aberdeen // Yubari” celebratory event

    “Aberdeen // Yubari” celebratory event

    On 9th February 2020, we had a work gifting ceremony of “Aberdeen // Yubari” project at the Old Torry Community Centre. With lovely local residents, Dr Nuno Sacramento (Peacock Visual Arts), Barney Crockett (Lord Provost of Aberdeen), David Fryer (Aberdeen participant, and The Old Torry Community Centre), and Manami Sato..Read More

  • “Aberdeen // Yubari” print work

    “Aberdeen // Yubari” print work

    This is a resulting print work of the “Aberdeen // Yubari” project 2019-2020. It was a printmaking project connecting community and context of two cities built around energy – Aberdeen, Scotland and Yubari, Japan. Yubari is known as a former coal mining city. To produce a limited edition print work..Read More

  • Maritime Museum

    Maritime Museum

    Dr Leslie Mabon (Scottish Association for Marine Science, and Future Earth Coasts Fellow) explaining the maritime history of Aberdeen and surrounding areas to Manami Sato (Director of Shimizusawa Project in Yubari, Japan). In the Maritime Museum, during Manami’s one-week site-visit to Aberdeen from 13th to 19th November 2018. https://wagonart.org/2018/12/07/report-manami-satos-one-week-site-visit-in-aberdeen-en/

  • Campbell’s Bar

    Campbell’s Bar

    “Torry Sound Project: Navigations” team meeting (with project artists Gemma Connell and Angela Main, Caroline Gausden from SonADA and Elspeth Winram from Aberdeen City Council) at Campbell’s Bar on Sinclair Road. The popular local bar with a coastal view was sadly closed in the summer 2016. TSP was an artist-in-residency..Read More

  • “Torry 24” – 24-hour performance by Gemma Connell and Angela Main

    “Torry 24” – 24-hour performance by Gemma Connell and Angela Main

    Gemma Connell and Angela Main’s performance scene at the “Torry Coo” foghorn, as part of the “Torry Sound Project: Navigations” in 2015. “Torry 24” was a 24-hour performance across 24 locations in Torry over 13-14 September 2015. This was developed and performed by the project artists Gemma and Angela as..Read More

  • Nigg–Cove Coastal Trail

    Nigg–Cove Coastal Trail

    The “Nigg–Cove Coastal Trail”, which traces the geological significance of the coastal area around Torry through 7 stops, was published by Professor Alastair Dawson of University of Aberdeen in 2009. Why don’t you try and walk along this coastal trail to (re)discover Torry’s different dimensions and landscapes spanning over millions..Read More

  • Victoria Bridge

    Victoria Bridge

    It was incorporated into Aberdeen in 1891, after the construction of the Victoria Bridge, itself made possible by the 1871 channelling of the River Dee which had previously followed an unstable course to the sea. The channelling also enabled further expansion of the harbour.

  • Torry Battery

    Torry Battery

    The Torry Battery is an artillery battery near Torry in Aberdeen, Scotland, which has overlooked the city’s harbour since 1860. It was originally constructed for nine guns with a defensible barracks at the rear. In 1881 the battery mounted three 10-inch Smooth bore guns and five 68-Pounder Smooth bore guns.

  • Torry Coo

    Torry Coo

    Content: The Torry Coo dates back to 1802 and was in operation until 1987 when modern technologies were deemed to have overtaken the need for a foghorn that could be heard across all of Aberdeen! The Torry Coo has protection as a listed building and has its place in the..Read More

  • Year before 1000

    Year before 1000

    It goes back to ancient history


From: Leslie Mabon
c.AD 650


Remains of St Fittick’s Church are located in a field by the community play park, overlooking both the natural landscape of the Bay of Nigg and cultural landscape of residential buildings.


The church is dedicated to St Fittick, who, according to legend, was shipwrecked and scrambled to shore at the Bay of Nigg c.AD 650 to convert the locals, and refreshed himself at a spring, which became a religious foundation known as St Fittick’s Well. Yet, there is no evidence that such a person called St Fittick existed in history. Rather it is believed that St Fittick must have been an amalgam of two other saints: St Fotin and St Fiacre.


This former parish church of Nigg, founded between 1189 and 1199.


Photography: David Fryer


Aberdeen City Historic Environment Record

Undiscovered Scotland website

Doric Columns blog


From: David Fryer


One of the amazing insights into historic Earth. In the inlet here we can see clear traces of the igneous activity that took place during the time of the Caledonian mountain building period (in contrast to the younger period of volcanic activity that took place during the Carboniferous period). The evidence consists of a thick (5 m) sill composed of felsite rock. The sill can be seen on both sides of the inlet with its top surface mostly buried by glacial deposits. In some places the sill can be observed as occurring both beneath and above the Dalradian rocks through which it was squeezed. The felsite sill is not restricted to this inlet – it also can be traced southwards along the coast for over 300m.