Portlethen (Port Leathain) is a small village lying 7 miles south of Aberdeen in Eastern Scotland. I’ve actually only been here once, having found it during an internet search back in 2014. I was heading up to Aberdeen to carry out some servicing work at a hospital there. As I was going up on a Sunday, ready for work Monday morning, I decided to try and do some golden hour photography while I had the chance. So a quick bit of google research the night before and I found this interesting little location.
Old Portlethen Village
I drove for over 8 hours on a lovely sunny and unusually warm day in March and arrived about a couple of hours before sunset. I threw my bags in the hotel in Aberdeen and rushed straight down.
Portlethen beach and harbour sits beside old Portlethen village. The beach is little pebble beach with a slipway for boats. But beside this is a small rocky area, perfect for some coastal photography.
After some directions from the local village pub, I was soon parked by the sea at Old Portlethen village and headed out onto the rocks. Thankfully I’d arrived in plenty of time to make a scout of the area and decide on where to setup.
Luckily I found a few good spots and worked away:
Once the sun had gone down below the horizon, I decided not to wait around for dusk as I was tired from driving all the way up from the south. So I packed everything up and started headed back to the car. But, luckily I took one more look out to sea as I was walking away. The full moon was just peeking over the horizon! I hurriedly looked around for a composition, put my tripod up and grabbed by camera from my backpack and managed to catch these last few shots of the evening, the first being my absolute favourite. Normally I wouldn’t leave until after dusk, and it just goes to show why…….