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The local area guide to living in Aberdeenshire

The county of Aberdeenshire has historically been known for its fishing, farming and forestry industries, which have been the leading contributors to the local economy. In recent years, however, the oil and gas industry and the service sector have risen in significance. This has led to an increase in jobs, attracting new workers and creating a population boom.

Popular tourist attractions in the area include Balmoral – one of the Queen’s private residences, among a number of other historic buildings and sites. Despite its name, the Aberdeenshire council area no longer includes Aberdeen, which now has its own council. The council’s headquarters do remain in the city – which makes it the only council to have its headquarters outside its borders.

Information about the local residents

The total population of Aberdeenshire is approximately 253,000, which makes up around 4.8% of Scotland’s total population. This number can be broken down in to the county’s settlements, with the highest number of residents living in Peterhead (18,450), Fraserburgh (13,140) and Inverurie (12,760).

The county as a whole contributes more than 5% of the country’s total GDP, making it a vital element of the national economy.

Aberdeenshire does not have a particularly diverse population, with more than 99% of residents describing their ethnicity as White, and around 85% describing themselves as White Scottish. The population is also older than the national average, with around 15% of residents aged 16 to 29, while 23.6% are aged 60 or over.

Nearby schools

There are more than 20,000 primary school pupils in Aberdeenshire, and a choice of 151 primary schools. The Daviot School is among those that received excellent reports from Education Scotland, with a recent HMIE report remarking on the high quality of the teaching. Similarly, the Hill of Banchory School was praised for its leadership and staff commitment.

There are approximately 16,000 secondary school students in the county, who are served by 17 secondary schools. Some of the most popular schools include Mearns Academy, which was complimented for its support for vulnerable students and the quality of the school library, and Banchory Academy, which achieved outstanding results in national examinations and was praised for its diverse range of learning opportunities offered to pupils.

Getting around

Aberdeenshire is a rural area, with limited transport links. However, the close proximity to Aberdeen does provide reliable connections for both public transport and motorists. The A90 runs down the east coast all the way to Dundee, while the A96 leads to Inverness. Regular bus routes run within the county and surrounding areas.

Trains in Aberdeenshire run along three main lines, which lead to Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow via destinations such as Inverurie, Stonehaven and Dundee. The closest airport is Aberdeen Airport, which runs flights to destinations in the United Kingdom and Europe, such as London, Paris and Dublin.

Local shops

Aberdeenshire is popular for its stunning countryside, such as the snow-capped Cairngorm Mountains and National Park. Skiing, hiking, canoeing and cycling are all available in the area, while the surrounding lochs and seas provide great destinations for water sports.

Other popular attractions include the county’s many historical buildings, such as Drum Castle, Crathes Castle and Raedykes – the remains of a Roman marching camp. Banchory Museum exhibits 18th century tartans, while Banff Museum displays Banff silver, arms and armour among other displays.

The Macduff Marine Museum is a popular choice for families, and there are also a number of regular festivals to keep everyone entertained. There’s the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, The Turriff Show agricultural fair, Zulus food and folk music festival and the COAST visual arts festival.

Shopping is another popular pastime, with high street chains and independent stores available throughout the county. Each town has its own gallery, showcasing local artists, as well as marketing local delicacies. One particularly popular destination is Huntly Herbs Farm, which sells homemade jams and preserves, while the Whisky Castle specialises in top-quality highland malts.

For evening entertainment, many residents visit the Woodend Barn Arts Centre in Banchory, which frequently puts on plays and comedy shows and screens classic films.

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