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The local area guide to living in Westhill

Westhill is located in the county of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, just 7.5 miles to the west of Aberdeen. This relatively new settlement was established as a concept in 1963 by Ronald Fraser Dean with the backing of Aberdeen District Council, and construction of its first homes began in 1968. Since then, it has grown over time to match the area’s gas and oil economy. However, the name ‘Westhill’ goes back much further, when the small agricultural estates of Wester Kinmundy and the Black Hills were purchased in 1859 and combined.

Although all of the attractions of Aberdeen city centre are within easy reach, Westhill also boasts a number of its own amenities. Residents can take advantage of the 18 holes at the Westhill Golf Course, a popular pastime in this area. There are also two tennis courts, a swimming pool, and an outdoor bowling centre.

Information about the local residents

According to data collected from the Aberdeenshire Council, the population of Westhill has grown at a rate of 22.1% from 2001 to 2012. In 2001, there were 9.498 residents, and this number expanded to 11,600 by 2012. Many residents of Westhill work in the oil and gas industry, and the town is particularly well known for housing subsea engineers. In addition to those working in this industry, major employers in the area include local businesses such as the Holiday Inn, Costco, and Marks and Spencer.

The average household earnings of residents in Westhill was £44,847 in 2012, which is higher than the average of £31,851 in Aberdeenshire as a whole. Unemployment figures are also lower than the rest of Aberdeenshire and Scotland in total, making Westhill a relatively affluent area.

Nearby schools

There are three primary schools in Westhill, including Westhill Primary, Elrick Primary, and Crombie Primary. All are run by Aberdeenshire Council. Westhill Primary School lists its school aims as being a school with a ‘happy and stimulating learning environment.’

Education Scotland rated Elrick Primary as ‘good’ in all areas for its primary class, and ‘very good’ in all areas for its nursery class. Crombie Primary was similarly rated ‘good’ in both its nursery and primary classes in its most recent reports.

At the secondary level, Westhill Academy serves local pupils as well as those from neighbouring Skene and surrounding villages. It was first opened in 1979 and has grown along with the town to now accommodate approximately 1000 pupils. The Academy scored ‘good’ in most categories in its latest HMIE inspection report.

Getting around

Just 7.5 miles outside of Aberdeen, Westhill is well-connected with the city and other regional destinations. The A944 runs directly through town, connecting Westhill with Aberdeen and neighbouring Kingswells. Stagecoach buses operate several services in Westhill, including the X17 route which goes directly to Aberdeen.

The X18 also goes to Aberdeen, but it also stops in Dunect and Skene. Additionally, there is a bus service for Westhill Academy which picks up pupils living in nearby Kingswells. Bains Coaches also operates services in Westhill, including the 777 route from Oldmeldrum to Aberdeen.

The closest railway station is in Aberdeen, where residents can find direct services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and on to other destinations throughout the UK.

Local shops

As a modern community, Westhill boasts no shortage of retail shopping outlets. This includes a central shopping centre, as well as supermarkets such as a Tesco Superstore, Marks and Spencer, The Co-operative, and Aldi. The Westhill Shopping Centre has recently been expanded and currently includes a butchers, greengrocers, beauty salon, and hairdressers as well as its fashion outlets. Banking and estate agent services are also located within this contemporary centre.

There’s also a Costco in town offering deals on bulk groceries and household goods. The town is home to two hotels, including the Premier Inn and Holiday Inn, and there are also B&B’s for visitors. Takeaways in town include Chinese, Indian, Italian, and Turkish cuisine.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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