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The local area guide to living in Huntly

Huntly is a historical town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland with a population of around 4,700. It used to be known as Milton of Strathbogie (or Strathbogie) and sits by the popular Speyside whisky trail.

Huntly has a strong military attachment - it is the historic home of the Gordon Highlanders regiment, which recruits in the North-East of Scotland. It is also famous as the site of the ruins of Huntly Castle, the ancestral home of the chief of Clan Gordon, Earl of Huntly. Originally a simple moat in the 12th century, it hosted King Robert the Bruce, among others, before it was deliberately burned down during a conflict in 1452. The current structure was finished in the early 16th century, with further wings added in the 17th century. It was the site of numerous conflicts and atrocities, with the heredity owners frequently having to defend it from attack. By the eighteenth century it was falling into disrepair and the current remains are a truly striking sight - transporting explorers to another time.

Visitors, as well as wandering the castle grounds, enjoy the town itself as an interesting and characterful example of Scottish culture. What's more, just seven miles away is Leith Hall - a stunning estate and house run by the National Trust for Scotland. Set in nearly 300 acres of spectacular grounds, it is a fantastic place for walking and spotting wildlife.

Information about the local residents

Huntly's community of 4,700 is known for its rich culture and unique attitude. Deveron Arts is a prime example - a contemporary art project operating since 1995, it works with the town's history and identity, using the town itself as a studio, gallery and stage for all kinds of artists and creative people. It attracts talent from all over the world.

Huntly is also a keen sporting town. Salmon and trout fishing on the two rivers of Deveron and Bogie is extremely popular, with a lot of visitors to Huntly coming just for that. Golf is also a big pastime, as is Nordic Skiing in the beautiful Clashindarroch Forest (the largest forest in Aberdeenshire). Walking, cycling and wildlife spotting are all common activities, and Huntly also has thriving football and rugby teams. Huntly is also beside the starting point of Highland Horseback, Scotland's longest horse ride trail. It runs all the way to the West Coast - a distance of 200 miles.

Huntly's community is energetic and welcoming, and throws a wide range of cultural, educational, religious, social and environmental events on throughout the year.

Nearby schools

There are two schools within the town of Huntly - a primary school and a secondary school called Gordon Primary and The Gordon Schools by Huntly Castle. Both are excellent establishments offering children a rounded education, boosted by a huge range of extracurricular activities and outdoor pursuits to give them the best possible start.

There are many more options nearby, with the former cathedral city of Elgin offering some very high-performing schools and academies just 28 miles away.

Getting around

Huntly's own railway station offers excellent links around the country on the Aberdeen to Inverness Line. To the south east, Aberdeen is an easily commutable fifty minutes away, and Inverness is an hour and twenty minutes to the north west. Both are direct trains.

Aberdeen and Inverness are also both easily accessible by car along the A96 in either direction.

Huntly is also within easy reach of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, just 20 miles away.

Local shops

Huntly is a town of fairly significant size for the area, and so is served by some good shops. There is a large supermarket, bakery, butchers, hardware stores, furniture shops, book shops, soft furnishing outlets and more. There are also, of course, plenty of excellent pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and tea rooms.

Elgin, just a short drive away, is even better and has the St Giles Shopping Centre, full of high street brands and smaller, independent stores.

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