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The local area guide to living in Laurencekirk

Laurencekirk is a small town and burgh along the coast in south Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Laurencekirk’s Scottish Gaelic name is Coinmheadh, referring to its former role as a lodging stop for royal troops. The town lies in a valley between Cairn O’Mount and the Hill of Garvock.

Laurencekirk has been ranked as better than 75% of the rest of Scotland’s areas by the IMD. Particularly high factors include Employment (86%), Income (78%) and Education (76%).

Laurencekirk has been settled since ancient days. The ruins of the castle are one of many interesting historical imprints in the area, with others including Portlethen Moss, Ury House and numerous castles and Bronze Age ruins. The area offers a cosy residential community amid much to explore.

Information about the local residents

The Mearns and Laurencekirk area has a population of 4,270 as of 2013. The Scottish parliamentary constituency in which it is designated, Angus North and Mearns, has a total residency of 71,693, with a general age division of 17.6% children, 60.57% working age adults and 21.84% adults of pensionable age.

These proportions are slightly lower for working age adults and slightly higher for pensioners compared to Scotland on the whole. The entire population of county Aberdeenshire was estimated at 260,500 in 2014.

Nearby schools

Laurencekirk Primary School is the local primary, which serves Laurencekirk and some of its neighbouring villages. The school has very good facilities, including two playgrounds, a sports field, numerous classrooms and several special purpose rooms. The school has 312 primary pupils and 70 nursery pupils and is very active in the community with an engaged parent council.

The school’s vision statement is ‘Working together to be the best we can be!’, and its objectives include enabling pupils to become ‘Confident Individuals, Achieving Pupils, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors’.

The local secondary school is Mearns Academy, which serves a catchment area of seven villages and a total of 649 pupils. The school is a six-year comprehensive, that strives to develop both personal skills and educational achievement for its students.

Getting around

Laurencekirk benefits from excellent transport connections, including a good bus service and its own rail station. The town lies just off the A90, which is the main road along Scotland’s east coast. The Laurencekirk railway station is between Montrose and Stonehaven on the Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line. This is widely used by commuters to Dundee and Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City is about 30 miles north, which takes half an hour by car. To the south, Dundee is reached in 1 hour and 26 minutes by coach and under 45 minutes by train. Edinburgh is under 2 hours by train and about 3 hours 30 minutes by bus.

Local shops

Laurencekirk is stocked with all of the essentials, including a range of local retailers, pubs, cafes and restaurants, and even a local brewery. The town is served by several garages, pharmacies, bakeries, local eateries, specialty shops and clothing boutiques, as well as a thriving community centre, several parks, some forested walking paths, a health centre, two churches, a post office and a supermarket.

Stonehaven, just a short distance north, and Dundee, to the south, greatly expand the shopping and dining options, but Aberdeen City is within easy reach and provides a full range of retailers, high street brands and cuisine.

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

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