This weeks picture on the blog was taken when we visited Inverbervie and this picture looks out towards Bervie Bay. Inverbervie, also known as Bervie, lies just 10 miles south of Stonehaven. The name Inverbervie means “mouth of the River Bervie” in Gaelic. The town itself is situated behind Bervie Bay on a raised beach.
Inverbervie dates back to 1314 when poor weather forced King David II and Queen Johanna to land slightly north of here when they were on their way back to Scotland. Fishing was already well established then and it thrived here for close to 500 years. In 1819, Thomas Telford made improvements on the harbour but by 1830, many of the fishermen had moved further down the coast as it had become difficult for them to get their boats in and out of the harbour due to a shingle spit that had grown across the mouth of the river. After the harbour became inactive, Inverbervie turned to alternatives to fishing such as textiles, sailcloth and thread and from 1787, it was Inverbervie that had Scotland’s first water powered flax mill.
We love stopping for a visit to Inverbervie, especially when we head down the coast to visit our family. We usually meet here for a picnic while our granddaughters through pebbles into the sea! When you come into the town from the North side, you will cross the river on the seven arched Jubilee Bridge which was built in 1935. This was built as a replacement to the Old Bervie Bridge which had been built back in 1799. You can still see the old bridge today and where both bridges meet each other.
Why not take a trip and enjoy a picnic or a hot drink while looking out towards Bervie Bay!