Alford and Huntly in the North East of Scotland

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Alford

Is a large village lying just south of the River Don, and is the birthplace of the renowned poet, Charles Murray.  It is also the home of the world-famous Aberdeen Angus cattle breed, which is celebrated by a life-sized model of a bull on the edge of the town. It is believed that the original breeding ground of the cattle was Buffalo, located between Tough (Tulloch) and Craigievar near Alford. Another claim to fame for the town is the well-known Alford Oatmeal, ground at Montgarrie just outside the town.

The Alford Valley Railway, Grampian Transport Museum, Alford Heritage Centre and Craigievar Castle are popular visitor attractions, with a range of other archaeological sites, stone circles, and castles (including Balfluig Castle, Castle Fraser and Drum Castle) within easy reach by road. Situated in Alford, Haughton Country Park is a large and popular green space with a caravan park and woodland walks. Alford Golf Club has an attractive 18 hole course which has a large local membership.

Huntly

Huntly castle ” once the grandest chateau in the land”  the was built by the Gordon family. There have been two other buildings on the site; the 12th century Peel of Strathbogie and a stone tower. In the early 15th century a large stone tower house was built to replace the earlier timber structure. It was burnt during the struggles against the ‘Black’ Douglas family in 1452, but was repaired and gradually extended to include the buildings we see today.

Huntly is the historic home of the Gordon Highlanders regiment which traditionally recruited throughout the North-East of Scotland. There is also an active cultural centre called Deveron Arts.It also is the home of the Deans bakers who are known for their shortbread biscuits, with a new visitor centre opened in November 2007.