Doon the Watter: A look at the golden age of Scottish summer holidays

In an era long before budget airlines, or long-haul flights in search of far off sun, the Scottish summer holiday was a more modest affair.

Children enjoy Edinburgh's Portobello outdoor swimming pool in 1965. Picture: JPIMedia
Children enjoy Edinburgh's Portobello outdoor swimming pool in 1965. Picture: JPIMedia

For many, particularly those in Glasgow, a trip 'doon the watter' would see the delights of the Clyde open up for excursions to the likes of Gourock, Rothesay and Dunoon. In the east, the long-standing pleasures of the Fife coastline, and Lothian shores, were visited by thousands of holiday makers year-on-year. And with the freedom of a caravan and the open Scottish road, summer revellers would make destinations such as Aberdeen and Oban their must-visit holidaying hot-spots. Here is a trip down summer holiday memory lane.

Holiday makers and day trippers arrive 'doon the watter' by steamer at Rothesay Pier in July 1959. Picture: JPIMedia

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Mother and daughter wash dishes outside their tent at the Granton caravan site, on Edinburgh's Marine Drive, in July 1966. Picture: JPIMedia
North Berwick has always proved a popular summer holiday destination. Here, onlookers watch the Dispatch aqua show and beauty contest at the town's open-air pool in July 1962. Picture: JPIMedia
The Kirkcaldy and District Travel Club on an 'OAP outing' to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in June 1963. Picture: JPIMedia
The bathing station and children's catamaran pool at Saltcoats, in August 1963. Picture: JPIMedia
Crowds of holiday makers on Edinburgh's Portobello beach, with its roller coaster and funfair in the background, in May 1952. Picture: JPIMedia
The Scots have long had a love affair with caravan holidays. This picture was taken in February 1964 at a holiday show in Edinburgh inside a 10ft caravan. Picture: JPIMedia
The open-air swimming pool in Burntisland, with the Links in the background, in June 1956. Picture: JPIMedia
Aberdeen, the 'silver city by the sea' was advertised throughout the 1920s to 1940s as a must-visit Scottish holiday destination. Picture: National Railway Museum
A steamer leaves Dunoon for Gourock - two popular holidaying hot spots - in August 1958. Picture: JPIMedia
Fun in the sun at Edinburgh's Cramond shoreline in August 1958. Picture: JPIMedia
The popular holiday destination of Oban, taken in 1957. Picture: JPIMedia