Our Impressions of Mackessock Park
Mackessock Park is hidden away behind a distillery on the Elgin Road from Rothes. The distilleries in the town lend a certain ambience to the atmosphere on still days, the smell of whisky hanging in the air. The surrounding hills also give the ground a rustic feel, but it is a pleasant place to watch a game. The ground is neat and tidy, with a small modern stand along the near touchline providing the only cover ? it has about 100 seats in orange and black. The rest of the ground is grass banking. Certainly the gents toilets are novel, being a 6ft high bricked-off area with one entrance and no roof in the corner of the ground!!
I was reliably informed as well that the ladies should try and bluff their way into the boardroom to avail of the facilities rather than risk the outside!
The ground has massive floodlights which look a little out of place given the surroundings, and only seemed to give a fairly gloomy light. Rothes only get crowds of about 75 ? they rely heavily on Aberdeen and Elgin based players, and the locals don't seem that interested, despite the town having a population of over 1200. The club was founded in 1938.
has e-mailed us, and says 'The locals were interested in Rothes FC until the club brought in an all Aberdeen coaching staff and local players were never given a fair chance and the side were not a reflection of the local area. However there is a strong committee and rothes has a population of 1200, the smallest in the highland league.'
Home : Orange Shirts with Black Trim, Black Shorts, Orange Socks.
Away : Black Shirts with Orange Trim, Orange Shorts, Black Shorts.
3rd Kit : All Royal Blue with White Trim.
Directions to Mackessock Park
Take the A96 Inverness Road until Keith, and turn off after the village at the signpost marked Grantown on Spey and Perth (A9). Follow this road straight along and cross the River Spey, where the road will take you up into the town.
Follow A96 to Elgin and follow signposts.
Stagecoach Buses from Elgin (10 miles) (check www.bluebirdbuses.co.uk for details)
Train to Elgin from Inverness or Aberdeen, then bus or taxi. (www.scotrail.com)