Visit Inverbervie and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire. This ancient royal burgh at the mouth of the Bervie Water has a striking situation on the right bank of the gorge through which the river forces its way from the open haughland of its lower reaches to the sea. The massive leonine form of the Bervie Brow, the hilt that bars the river's way when it reaches the coast, ends in a shoulder of rounded cliff. It was given the name Craig David at some time after the 4th of May 1341, when that unfortunate monarch, David II, made a spectacular landing here after an adventurous voyage from La Rochelle in France, where he had been sent for security during the Second War of Independence.
Although for at least two centuries it had a Carmelite monastery at Friar's Dubh near the old Bervie Bridge, today the old mercat cross in the market-square is Bervie's visible link with its historic past. It is a slender pillar of stone 14 ft high with a ball on top, dated 1737, and a flight of steps at its base.
The attractions of Inverbervie include good fishing in the river and striking rock scenery North of the town, where, beyond the river's mouth there is a shingle beach with a great array of stones of brilliant colouring. Architecturally the dominating feature of the town is the steeple of the parish church built in 1836 and opened on the first Sunday of 1837. The church bell came from the former parish kirk at Kirkburn, the remains of which can be seen behind the new Bervie fire station. Just South of the town on a rocky terrace above the sea front is Hallgreen Castle, an old building remodelled in the 19th century.
Bervie has been an industrial town since 1788, when a machine for spinning linen yarn — the first in Scotland — was set up in the Haughs of Bervie. At the end of another 100 years there were four flax and tow mills, a chemical works, and wincey and sacking factories. There are still two mills for textiles, while a third has been converted for food processing and employs 100 workers preparing crabs.
Inverbervie's nearest neighbour is the thriving fishing village of Gourdon (11 miles South), a highly picturesque haven with a good harbour enclosed by lofty sheltering cliffs.
Gourdon grew rapidly in the 19th century, when most of the houses of the sea-town round the harbour were built, and by 1855 it had a fleet of over 100 boats.
It was the first port in Scotland to adapt the motor boat for fishing at a time when the steam drifter seemed to be sweeping all before it.
The 15th century Tower of Benholm, crowned with its parapet and angle bartizans, stands in the neighbourhood. It is a former stronghold of the Keiths, Earls Marischal, to which a modem mansion was added in comparatively recent times. A famous jewel theft took place at Benholm Castle in 1623, in which the culprit was the 5th Earl's widowed countess.
Another, and perhaps the most interesting castle in the area, Allardyce Castle, stands on the North bank of the Bervie Water about 1 mile above Inverbervie's Jubilee Bridge, where Walterus de Allardus took the oath of fealty to Edward I of England in 1297. The Castle is thought to have been mostly built about the time of the marriage of Sir John Allardyce to Lady Mary Graham in 1662. It has gateway turrets with most elaborate label corbelling.
Arbuthnott House, the ancestral home of Viscount Arbuthnott, 3 miles North West of Inverbervie on the left bank of the Bervie Water, is said to have been started in the year 1420, with many changes and additions made in later centuries.
In October 1969 Sir Francis Chichester unveiled the Hercules Linton Memorial to commemorate the designer of the Cutty Sark, who was born in Inverbervie.
Nearby towns: Laurencekirk, Montrose, Stonehaven
Nearby villages: Arbuthnott, Auchinblae, Benholm, Craigo, Drumlithie, Dunnottar, Ferryden, Fetteresso, Fordoun, Garvock, Glenbervie, Gourdon, Hillside, Hobseat, Johnshaven, Kinneff, Logie, Marykirk, Old Aberdeen, Roadside, St. Cyrus
Have you decided to visit Inverbervie or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Inverbervie bed and breakfast (a Inverbervie B&B or Inverbervie b and b)
- a Inverbervie guesthouse
- a Inverbervie hotel (or motel)
- a Inverbervie self-catering establishment, or
- other Inverbervie accommodation