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The local area guide to living in Banchory

Banchory is a beautiful Scottish town in Abderdeenshire. Rural, yet less than 20 miles from Aberdeen, it sits at the meeting point between the Feugh River and the River Dee and is famous for its beautiful surroundings and historic feel.

Known locally as the gateway to Royal Deeside, Banchory has plenty to attract visitors and potential residents. Two famous castles, Crathes and Drum, are close by and well worth a visit. Crathes in particular has beautiful gardens that are popular with tourists in the summer. The surrounding countryside is both picturesque and historically fascinating, dotted with ancient archaeological sites dating back to the time of the Picts in the Iron Age

The bridge over the River Feugh offers a relaxing spot to see salmon leaping, and the forests and hills around the town provide ample opportunity for walking, cycling, horseback riding and wildlife spotting. For the adventurously spirited, canoeing, mountain biking, quad biking and even gliding are available.

The town is often used by visitors as a platform from which they can easily explore Royal Deeside, Cairngorms National Park, and the rugged east coast of Scotland. Famously, Queen Victoria loved this part of the country, which is why they settled on Balmoral as their second home, just a few miles from Banchory. Just a short visit makes it easy to see why.

Information about the local residents

Around 7,500 people live in Banchory, which is a significant growth of 25% since the 2001 census. House building in that time has tried to keep up, growing 20.5%, but has not quite managed it yet. That has likely contributed to the relatively high house prices, which average at £255,954, higher when compared to £207,905 for the rest of Aberdeenshire. Many would, however, argue that Banchory is worth it.

Economically, Banchory is fairly affluent. Unemployment is exceptionally low at 0.6%, with 42.1% of residents commuting elsewhere to work. Within the town, the top employers are the council and the service industry. Average earnings in Banchory are high at £37,478, which compares to £32,870 for the rest of Aberdeenshire.

Despite the importance of the tourist industry, Banchory is by no means a tourist town and it has its own thriving culture. Local sporting teams include the Banchory St Ternan Football Club, Deeside Rugby Football Club, the Banchory Beavers swimming team, and the Banchory Stags Basketball club.

Every year, Banchory River Festival attracts many visitors and hosts dozens of stalls, activities and competitions for participants of all ages. Likewise, the Banchory Show happens every summer and features such varied events as dog shows, craft fairs, highland dancing competitions, hill races, and an agricultural show.

Nearby schools

There are three schools within the town of Banchory. Banchory Primary, which has around 400 students, is the larger of the primaries. Hill of Banchory Primary is slightly smaller, but both have good reputations.

Banchory Academy holds around 850 students and educates children from ages 12 to 18. It adopts the Curriculum for Excellence and attempts to give 'every child and young person the chance to realise their full potential and become successful, confident, responsible citizens'.

Getting around

Banchory has not had its own railway station since the 1960s, although the Royal Deeside Railway, a heritage line, has established a base just three miles away and aim to expand into Banchory.

Buses run regularly from eastwards from the town at 20 minute intervals, and can take passengers all the way to Aberdeen in less than an hour.

Drivers will find life a little more convenient, though, and will find Aberdeen is just over half an hour away along the B9077.

Local shops

Banchory is the main town in the area and the high street is well stocked. There is a newsagents, chemists, doctors’ surgery, and a wide number of hotels, restaurants and pubs.

There are also some excellent craft shops, specialty stores and even one or two fashionable boutiques.

For bigger shopping trips, Aberdeen is an easy drive away and has all the high street brands imaginable.


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