Inverurie is a thriving town in the North East, located in the valley of the River Don at the centre of Aberdeenshire and known locally as the Heart of the Garioch. Sitting between the River Don and the River Ury, the town is only 10 miles from the imposing hill of Bennachie which has an information centre and well-marked walks for all abilities.
The town centre is dominated by the grand Town Hall built in 1862. In the middle of the ‘square’ is the Inverurie and District War Memorial, capped by a lone Gordon Highlander looking out over the town. It was home until recently of Davidsons International paper mill which closed in 2009.
On a nearby hillside the Easter Aquhorthies recumbent stone circle dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. On the outskirts of the town the Brandsbutt Stone is a class I Pictish symbol stone with an ogham inscription. There have been three well known battles in the town: The Battle of Inverurie (1308), the Battle of Harlaw (24 July 1411) between Donald of Islay, Lord of the Isles (MacDonald) and an army commanded by Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar; and the Battle of Inverurie (1745) during the Jacobite Rebellion of that year.