Newly Elected MSP Seeks Backing of Parliament for Rubislaw Quarry Heritage Centre


Ross Thomson, the newly elected Scottish Conservative MSP for North East Scotland, has tabled his first Parliamentary motion just hours after being sworn in as an MSP. The motion supports ambitious plans for a multimillion pound granite heritage centre at Rubislaw Quarry.

The Rubislaw Quarry, once the largest man-made hole in Europe, quarried over 8 million tonnes of granite over three centuries. Granite from the site was shipped around the world and used in up to 75% of Aberdeen’s buildings and monuments. The quarry was officially closed in 1971 and has slowly filled with water since that date.

Ross’ motion also seeks to congratulates his constituent Hugh Black and the late Sandy Whyte, who as the quarry’s owners have sought to ensure that this important piece of Aberdeen’s history is preserved. Hugh and Sandy’s vision includes the creation of a visitor centre and observation platform from where local people and tourists can observe for themselves where the stone that built the Granite City came from. This exciting project has just received planning approval. 

Ross Thomson MSP said:

“Hugh Black is working extremely hard to make the vision of a granite heritage visitor centre a reality, to honour the passion and dedication of his friend Sandy Whyte and to give Aberdeen something iconic that will lift the spirits of our city.”

“After many years of hard work and patience I’m delighted that Hugh and Sandy’s work has been rewarded by securing essential planning approval to take this ambitious project to the next stage.”

 “A key element in making this project a reality is raising awareness and building support amongst the local community and across Scotland. As a local MSP I wanted to do my bit by taking this to the chamber of the Scottish Parliament.”

“I hope to gain support from across the political spectrum for this unique monument celebrating the history and heritage of the Granite City. This is an excellent opportunity to remind Scotland and the world that Aberdeen is more than just an oil and gas city - we were always the silver city with the golden sands