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The local area guide to living in Peterculter

Peterculter, or Culter, is a leafy suburb of Aberdeen in Scotland. The quaint little settlement lies roughly eight miles from the city centre, and straddles the northern banks of the River Dee – right near where Crynoch Burn and Leuchar Burn meet.

Peterculter dates back to the late twelfth century when, sometime between 1165 and 1199, King William the Lion granted the church of Kulter to the monks and Abbey of St Mary of Kelso. The parish of Culter was divided into two separate parishes in the late thirteenth century when the Abbot and Convent of Kelso forged closer ties to the Knights Templar Order.

Today, Peterculter is a bustling settlement and a base for tourists due to its closeness to Aberdeen and its proximity to the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, which are roughly 30 miles away. For those who seek an escape to the countryside combined with the vibrancy of a city, Peterculter offers a number of affordable properties to buy and rent.

Information about the local residents

When the last national Census was conducted in 2011, Peterculter was revealed as being home to 4,576 people. These people make up roughly 2,040 households, most of which occupy unshared, detached homes or bungalows.

In comparison to national homeownership statistics, Peterculter does rather well. The Census of 2011 revealed that 73.9% of households in the suburb own their homes either outright or with a mortgage, compared to 62% of people nationwide.

As Peterculter is so close to the centre of Aberdeen, it should come as little surprise that many of the people who live here make the journey into the city for work on a daily basis.

Nearby schools

Peterculter is only home to one primary level school, which goes by the name of Culter School. Culter School has around 300 pupils currently on its roll, and boasts fairly impressive levels of student achievement. In terms of reading ability, it was shown that around 90% of pupils at the P7 level were performing either well, or very well. For numeracy, 66% of pupils at the same level were recorded as performing well or very well.

In the neighbouring suburb of Milltimber, parents will find an alternative option to Culter School in the form of Milltimber Primary. Milltimber Primary is slightly smaller than Culter School – with only 229 pupils enrolled – yet boasts the same levels of student achievement.

Secondary students will have to travel 10 minutes up the road to Cults in order to attend high school. Here, they will find Cults Academy – which is currently attended by 1,050 students. In terms of student achievement, the school performs incredibly well when compared to other schools around the country. Roughly 72% of school leavers gain five or more SQA accredited awards at SCQF L6 or better - the national average for similar achievement is 29%.

Getting around

Peterculter has been without a railway since the 1960s, so in terms of public transport residents are restricted to the bus. Luckily, there are a number of regular buses that pass through the suburb en-route to Aberdeen city centre, so you will never find it too tricky to get into town if you are without a car.

That being said, you will likely find that a car of your own comes in handy – especially when considering the fact that the majority of households in the Peterculter area own at least one car.

Local shops

Peterculter is home to a handful of cute little cafes, pubs and shops which are dotted throughout the suburb. While you will be able to find nearly everything you need in terms of weekly necessities in Peterculter itself, a trip into Aberdeen will provide you with much more in terms of variety and availability.

Remember, Aberdeen city centre is only a 25-minute drive away – and you can always return back to the cosy pubs and restaurants of Peterculter after a long day of shopping.

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