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The local area guide to living in Alford

Found south of the River Don, within the Vale of the same name, is the town of Alford. A small town of several thousand, it’s famed worldwide for its unique place within the international Scottish heritage; as the home of Aberdeen Angus Cattle, in that it was the place where they were first bred, and its famous oatmeal.

In short, Alford is a small town that has managed to have an unmistakable impact on Scotland at large. Close by, the Haughton Country Park is a popular walking area, and there is also a large caravan park. Numerous archeological sites can be found in the surrounding area, with a range of castles, standing stones and remains of older settlements. The town also hosts the, rather unique, Grampian Transport Museum, which has a range of classic and historic cars, motorcycles, steam vehicles and other old, antiquated transports.

Information about the local residents

Much of the population of Aberdeenshire, despite Aberdeen not being within the council area, go to work in the city. The town's population is older than the national averages, with the median age of women being five years older, and the median age of men three years older. The proportion of retirees is also higher, with nearly 7% more over-65’s being found in the town.

Many of those who live in Alford and commute into Aberdeen work within the oil industry, which is one of the main economic sectors of the Aberdeenshire economy. New homes are being built within the town to help create housing and keep up with the growing economy. Much of this new housing is to serve individuals who wish to work within Aberdeen, but don’t want to sacrifice a quiet life in the countryside.

Nearby schools

Within the town, there are two small schools that serve the younger children in the town. There’s a single nursery, which takes children until they’re old enough to attend the Alford Primary School. The primary school is quite well regarded, deemed very respectable by the education authorities and boasting extremely low rates of student absence.

Some parents do choose to send their children elsewhere, however, such as the nearby Keid Primary School. For their secondary school education, parents often send their children to the Alford Academy. One of the top fifty school in Scotland in terms of Higher Exam pass rates, it’s got extremely good stats regarding where its students go onto following their leaving school. It also has approximately three fewer pupils per teacher than the national average, meaning they receive more attention and a better education.

Aberdeen, which is about a fifty-minute drive away, has two universities, Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen.

Getting around

The A944 runs directly through the town and connects to the A980, which runs south from the city. The A944 itself goes East towards Aberdeen, connecting to the major road the A90, which runs South down the coast. Two different bus routes run from Alford to Aberdeen, one runs through Westhill and the other running through Kintore. From Aberdeen, train services on National Rail that run to larger cities such as London are available. The Aberdeen International Airport is also there, as is the ferry services that go from Aberdeen to the smaller islands nearby, such as the Shetlands or Orkney.

Local shops

Due to the town being a little far away from any larger towns and cities, it tends to have all the amenities needed for modern life. A bank, Co-op Supermarket, two garages, a bakery, pharmacist, and other smaller stores are all within the town. It also has a dry ski slope, a 19 hole golf course, swimming pool, and public library. If you wants more High Street style shopping them you’ll have to make to the journey to Aberdeen, about a fifty-minute drive away, where several malls can be found, usually holding dozens of shops, as well as department stores and cinemas.

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