Last week I posted a picture which was taken down at Stonehaven Harbour and this week, we are up at the Open Air Heated Swimming Pool. Not an activity for today or the next few months but one to certainly try when it opens at the end of May. It is a 50m Olympic sized pool that is heated to a temperature of 29 degrees Celsius. Open right through the summer months, there is lane swimming, inflatable sessions, a paddling pool for younger children and a cafe!
The swimming pool opened its doors in June 1934 and cost £9529 to build. Throughout the 2nd World War, the pool was used mainly for recreation and showers for the troops that were based nearby. After the war, the pool continued to be a popular attraction for visitors and in 1975, a whopping 65,000 people came to the pool that year! The pool has managed to avoid the threat of closure which loomed during the 1990’s. A community group called The Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool was set up and they now work very closely with Aberdeenshire Council to ensure that the pool continues to operate.
Stonehaven is only one of two open air swimming pools of that era that currently still are in use in Scotland today. The pool at Stonehaven is classed as a Scottish Tourist Board 4-star Visitor Attraction and something to try during the summer months. Have a swim or simply relax in the poolside chairs while enjoying a drink!