15 Old Photographs Of Scotland – Explore The Country In Days Gone By


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Covering decades of history, browse a fascinating selection of archive photographs taken across Scotland in days gone by.

Iconic cities, sporting moments and a look back at Scottish life, we start in the North East with a stop by the famous ‘Silver City’ Aberdeen.

1. William Wallace statue outside His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen in 1971

William Wallace Statue, Aberdeen.

William Wallace Statue, Aberdeen (DC Thomson)

Erected by in 1888, the city’s William Wallace statue, designed by William Grant Stevenson, stands across the road from His Majesty’s Theatre.

Photograph featured in: Aberdeen Memories 2023 Calendar

2. Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, 1962

Aberdeen Beach Ballroom

Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, 1962 (DC Thomson)

Fans say ‘Let’s Twist Again’ at the Beach Ballroom during a twist contest in 1962 in this nostalgic photograph capturing the spirit of the era.

Photograph featured in: The Aberdonian Vol.2 Book

3. Flying Scotsman at Edinburgh Waverley, 1955

Flying Scotsman, 1955

Flying Scotsman, 1955 (DC Thomson)

One of the world’s most famous locomotives captured during a visit to the capital in 1955.

Originally built in 1923, the iconic locomotive was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley.

Photograph featured in: Edinburgh Memories Book

4. Pitch inspection at Murrayfield, 1958

Murrayfield Stadium, 1958 (DC Thomson)

Murrayfield Stadium, 1958 (DC Thomson)

A gentleman with a pitchfork stands on the straw-strewn Murrayfield Rugby pitch in 1958 during chilly-looking conditions.

Photograph featured in: Dark Blue Blood – Scottish Rugby In The Black & White Era

5. John Brown’s Shipyard, Glasgow, 1934

John Brown's Shipyard, 1934

John Brown’s Shipyard, 1934 (DC Thomson)

Workers at the historic John Brown’s shipyard in Glasgow.

At the time, workers were engaged in building the world’s largest liner, RMS Queen Mary.

Photograph featured in: Glasgow Memories Book

6. The British Open at Muirfield, 1966

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, 1966

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, 1966 (DC Thomson)

Two golfing giants, Jack Nicklaus (left) and Arnold Palmer (centre) take a moment during practice at the 1966 Open at Muirfield (Edinburgh).

The 95th Open Championship, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus would go to lift (also his first) Claret Jug that year.

Photograph featured in: Golf In Scotland In The Black & White Era

7. The British Open at St Andrews, 1970

The Open at St Andrews, 1970

The Open at St Andrews, 1970 (DC Thomson)

The 99th Open attracted huge crowds to the Old Course at St Andrews in 1970.

Nicklaus won his second Open that year, beating Doug Sanders in a playoff.

Photograph featured in: Golf In Scotland In The Black & White Era

8. Dundee, 1951

Hawkhill, Dundee, 1951

Hawkhill, Dundee, 1951 (DC Thomson)

Travelling to the Hawkhill area of Dundee next with a photograph taken in the early 1950s.

Featured, a family stop outside the local Dairy and you will also notice washing hanging out to dry on lines stretched across the roads.

Photograph featured in: Dundee Memories 2023 Calendar

9. Curling at Loch Leven, 1959

Curling at Loch Leven

Curling at Loch Leven, 1959 (DC Thomson)

The grand match between the North and South of Scotland on Loch Leven in January 1959. The highest scoring club that year was Kinross.

An outdoor curling event started in the late 19th century; matches took place on frozen lakes!

Photograph featured in: Scottish Memories 2023 Calendar

10. Lerwick, Shetland Isles, 1974

Lerwick, Shetland Isles, 1974

Lerwick, Shetland Isles, 1974 (DC Thomson)

A view of Lerwick Harbour taken in the early 1970s. The harbour is the Shetland Islands main port at the crossroads of the North Sea and East Atlantic.

Photograph featured in: Scottish Memories 2023 Calendar

11. Scotland fans at Hampden, 1964

Scotland fans at Hampden

Scotland fans at Hampden (DC Thomson)

The Tartan Army cheer on their team during an ‘Auld Enemy’ encounter in 1964 at Hampden.

A single goal from Dundee striker, Alan Gilzean saw Scotland win on the day, much to the crowd’s delight.

Photograph featured in: We Had A Dream: Scotland Internationals in the black & White era

12. Queen Elizabeth II visiting Perth, 1960

Queen Elizabeth in Perth, 1960

Queen Elizabeth in Perth, 1960 (DC Thomson)

A regal stop at the ‘Fair City’ Perth! Queen Elizabeth inspects the troops during the opening ceremony of the Queen’s Bridge in October 1960.

Featured in: Perth Memories Book

13. Queensferry, 1939

Queensferry, 1939

Queensferry, 1939 (DC Thomson)

Queensferry in 1939 with a spectacular view of the Forth Bridge. Opened in 1890 the cantilever bridge is one of the great symbols of Scotland and is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.

Photograph featured in: Scottish Memories 2023 Calendar

14. Braemar Gathering, 1971

Braemar Gathering, 1971

Braemar Gathering, 1971 (DC Thomson)

The Massed Pipe Band march around the arena at the Braemar Gathering in September 1971. Held on the first Saturday every September, the Braemar Gathering attracts visitors from across the globe.

The Gathering, in its current form, has been held since 1832!

Photograph featured in: Scottish Memories 2023 Calendar

15. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle (DC Thomson)

A large crowd in attendance watch a military demonstration on the castle Esplanade in 1952.

Photograph featured in: Edinburgh Memories 2023 Calendar

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