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The local area guide to living in Turriff

Turriff is a beautiful little town in north Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and has the perfect mix of town essentials and peaceful surrounding countryside. There is much to explore in the area, from the lovely Turriff Golf Club to any of three nearby castles, including Delgatie Castle, Craigston Castle and Fyvie Castle. The Scottish Highlands within an hour’s drive, with name attractions including Glenlivet Distillery and the Cairngorms National Reserve.

Established over nine centuries ago, Turriff is a unique, proud Scottish town full of history and culture. Temple Brae, a nearby site on a hill, is believed to have been the area base for the Knights Templar. The first battle of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1639-1651) took place here. Residents take great interest and care in their community, with many subscribing to the Turriff Advertiser, a weekly local publication affectionately nicknamed The Squeak. Red sandstone houses are one of the town’s unique features.

Information about the local residents

According to the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics, Turriff had a population of 4,325 as of 2013, and the wider Turriff and District area is home to 12,043. Nearly a third of the population are pensioners, 56% are working age and 15% are children.

The north-western part of town, near Turriff Golf Club and the River Deveron, living conditions are better than 82% of the rest of Scotland according to the IMD, with very good employment rates and low barriers to services.

The eastern part of town is better than 73% of areas in Scotland, with crime rates better than 97% of Scotland and excellent housing, better than 82% of Scotland.

Nearby schools

Usefully for the high working population, there are two preschool groups in town, including the Turriff Pre-School Playgroup to the south of town, just by Turriff Academy, and the Busy Bee Playgroup to the north.

The town has both a primary school and secondary school within its borders: Markethill Primary and Turriff Academy.

The Academy is a large school, providing secondary education for much of the surrounding area, drawing in pupils from Fyvie, Cuminestown and King Edward. Turriff Academy is a comprehensive co-educational school with a stated ethos of Respect, Ambition and Achievement.

Getting around

The A947 runs directly through town. This road leads to Macduff on the north coast in just 16 minutes by car, 10 miles away, and to Aberdeen to the south, 45 minutes by car and 35 miles away.

Though there are no train services in the immediate area, surrounding towns along the A96 road provide services, including Huntly (the closest), Insch, Inverurie, Dyce and Aberdeen. Bus services run throughout the area with several stops in town, and there is an airport in Aberdeen.

Local shops

Turriff has a good range of services, amenities and shops. There are four churches, five bank branches and two main supermarkets, Tesco and Co-op Food. The town has a veterinary clinic, two pharmacies, two surgeries, a dental clinic, the Turriff Cottage Hospital, several restaurants and inns and at least five pubs and bars, including the Brucklay Arms, Royal Oak, Cosy Corner and Buckley’s Bar. The Auld Post Office is a historical attraction, and there is a community Centre (named the Turriff Town House), a library, sports centre and swimming pool.

The town’s two-day agricultural show is the largest in Scotland and occurs on the first Sunday and Monday of August. In 2014, the Turriff Show was visited by Queen Elizabeth II for its 150th anniversary. On the third Saturday of each month, there is a farmers’ and general street market. The town has its own football team playing in the Highland League, the Turriff United FC. There is also a dance school in town, the Yvonne Milne Dance School.

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