I am so woke (if not actually awake) I’m able to give obscure Aberdeenshire villages their preferred names; the same applies to our national sport.

Not content with my first Highland League fixture, I made Sunday the designated “Watch Scottish football on TV in a pub” day.

Where better than famed Belhaven boozer Ma Cameron’s ?

Great entrance

Well, that could wait. First I popped in the Archibald Simpson because I like standing in queues.

It’s not as if the bar isn’t wide enough but the staff would ask “Who’s next”
Invest in Tennent’s
Sorry, Ossian, I didn’t see ya

The big surprise about Aberdeen, apart from glorious sunshine and decent curry, was the quality of the cask. Even in Spoons.

The overworked barman (again) was bemused by my request Pint of 3B please” “The Arkell’s” “The blue one ?before it dawned “Ah, one of those handpump things. Which one ?”.

Always ask for “The handpump” in Scotland. Or wave your CAMRA voucher.

This was my third Arkells 3B of the trip.

Lacings porn

You’ll know what I’ve done single-handedly to revive the reputation of Doom Bar. Hopefully I can do the same for Arkells, another small South-Western brewer whose beers are cruelly overlooked by the CAMRA crafterati.

Actually, this 3B had the richness and complexity of a good Doom Bar or 6X (NBSS 3.5).

Of course, Spoons are purist pubs so you can’t watch football in there, so back to Ma’s, which I’ve colourised back to its 1800s heyday.


Old on the outside, horribly Greene King-ised on the inside. Think any chain pub/diner you’ve ever been in. The Halloween tat and condiments on every table don’t help.

But at least there’s beers you’ve heard of.

Always go for the middle one

Still, I had great fun watching the torments of Aberdeen fans watching their team muster barely a shot in anger against Celtic (0-4), and the 80/ was as good as you’d hope (NBSS 3).

Only English tourists drink the heavy in Scottish pubs these days, of course.

The fitba was dull, but the Fittie never disappoint.

Being virtuous, the rain had come while I was in the pub, and now the sun brought a rainbow of hope for Scottish cask.



Lots of Japanese tourists heading for the Fittie to gawp at the old fishing cottages, which just shows how wise they are.

Two potential candidates for micro pubs or Mikkellers before Si visits.


The tourists headed for soup in the Fittie Bar, and I really should have joined them.


But I needed my craft lunch…


  1. “Invest in Tennent’s”: That’s certainly been my experience in the Archibald Simpson, and I recall following the trend to accompany a curry on one occasion when the ale selection was lacking.

    Always a crushing disappointment to walk into a traditional looking pub to find that it’s been “Greene King-ised”, especially so far removed from Bury St Edmunds. As an English tourist myself when in Scotland I always go for the heavy.

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    1. To be fair, the average punter will find Ma Camerons neat, cheery and good value. It’s just the homogenous Greene King makeover, ketchup and oversized menu on every table and TV on every wall, is deeply depressing.


  2. RM –

    I’m interested in the shed shown with title “Micro”:

    It seems to have been built of boards that were first burned. This was done in the past in Japan to reduce insect damage. Have you seen this elsewhere in your travels?

    Thanks, Paul

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