Step back in time with fascinating images of Auchenblae, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The village, once known for its weavers, a whisky distillery and the annual Paldie’s Fair horse market, used to be in Kincardineshire.
Old Photos of Auchenblae
Old Photographs Of Auchenblae Kincardine And Mearns Scotland – tourscotland on YouTube
Hotel Explosion 2009
On 8th January 2009, a customer, gas worker and 26-year-old barmaid were seriously injured in a gas explosion at the Drumtochty Arms Hotel, which happened as gas works were carried out in the hotel kitchen.
The village’s only pub and hotel dated in some parts back to the 19th century, although much of it had been rebuilt. The hotel had only recently reopened for business, following a year long refurbishment.
The Store was the only building not destroyed in the explosion or subsequent emergency demolition order by Abderdeenshire Council.
Many years later the site lay unused, with plans to reopen a new hotel.
Barmaid Danielle Ormond, who was dug out from under three floors of rubble and suffered life long consequences from her injuries, in 2019 won a nomination for Business Woman Scotland Award in the Rising Star Category for her business Unicorn Cleaning Services, based in Montrose, Argus.
Auchenblae Hotel Explosion – Evening Express on YouTube
This drone footage shows the village from the air in 2021. While it isn’t showing a historic view of the settlement in previous generations, family historians may find it a useful way to understand the village’s layout.
Auchenblae from the air 2021 – Stevie Moore on YouTube