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The local area guide to living in Strathdon

Strathdon is a leafy green, undefined area in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This remote rural area lies in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. While this region may be sparsely populated, those looking to relocate somewhere quiet will find that Strathdon is a place of immense natural beauty. There are even a number of man-made sites of interest dotted about the place for you to explore – including Corgarff Castle and Glenbuchat Castle.

Rather confusingly, there is a village in the area that also goes by the name of Strathdon. This tiny settlement was once known as Invernochty – owing to its position at the meeting point of the River Don and River Nochty. Strathdon is the birthplace of the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society, as well as the Lonach Highland Gathering. This traditional meet features heavy events like tossing the caber and hammer, as well as a Highland dancing competition.

Information about the local residents

The exact number of residents in the area is unknown, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the number was very low! One thing that is evident when you step foot here is the vibrancy of the community, they enjoy participating in fun, local events and are known for their supportive and welcoming nature!

A small number of celebrities have also called the Strathdon area home over the years, including Scottish comedy legend Billy Connolly, who owned Candacraig House from 1998 until 2013. He sold the massive country mansion to New York businessman Marc Lino for close to £3 million.

Nearby schools

As you might expect from a remote rural area, schooling is rather limited in Strathdon. The village itself only boasts one school at the primary level – known as Strathdon. This tiny school only has 24 pupils on its roll. That being said, student performance figures are relatively strong. Ninety percent of students at the P7 level perform well or very well in reading, while sixty-six percent of students perform well or very well at the same level in numeracy.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any secondary level schools operating in the village of Strathdon. However, Alford Academy in Alford and Aboyne Academy in Aboyne are both roughly half an hour’s drive away from Strathdon. Thanks to their proximity, they wouldn’t be an unrealistic option for parents of teenage children.

Getting around

When it comes to public transport, Strathdon is incredibly limited. While there are no bus stops in the village of Strathdon itself, residents of the area will find that the settlement of Bellabeg – which is a two minute drive or twelve-minute walk up the road – does in fact provide access to bus services. From the stops in Bellabeg, the 219 bus provides transport through to Alford, while the 230 bus travels towards Insch.

Owing to the limited nature of public transport in Strathdon, it would be wise to own a car. The village of Strathdon lies alongside the A944 road, and from the village it takes roughly one hour and thirty minutes to drive to the city of Aberdeen.

Local shops

Due to the remote setting of Strathdon, shops of any sort are few and far between. There is a small Spar convenience store located in the settlement of Bellabeg, which, as mentioned earlier, is only a two minute drive away from Strathdon village. You will find the Strathdon Post Office here as well.

Due to the lack of shops in this countryside hideaway, you will find yourself travelling to one of the larger settlements in the surrounding area to complete your weekly food shop. The nearby village of Alford is home to a Co-operative Food supermarket, as well as a proper High Street with everything from banks to cafes and takeaways.

In addition, the city of Aberdeen can always be frequented for more choice. The city is home to big shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment complexes - perfect for a fun day out!

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