Huntly stands at a geographical crossroads, where the Aberdeen to Inverness turnpike meets the ancient marching routes from Strathdon and the south. To the west lies the great river Spey with its famed string of whisky distilleries and beyond the road to the islands of the west. To the south stand the hills of Royal Deeside visible from high ground around Huntly. Northward stretch the beaches, fishing ports and villages of the Moray Firth. Aberdeen, oil capital of Europe dominates the eastern approach. Physically little has changed for 100 years; Huntly’s form and shape is largely unaltered.
If the town stands at a geographical crossroads it has now arrived at an economic crossroads. The first extensive housing development for a number of years is bringing with it new faces, new accents and new ideas.
Huntly is becoming increasingly attractive to younger couples from beyond its natural boundaries. It is an hour from international flights. But the essential character of the town and the people who made it, remains as it has for 1000 years.
Map Ref: OS NJ 528397
Latitude: 57:26:45N (57.4428)
Longitude: 2.47:16W (-2.7878)
Height above sea level: 125m
Ordnance Survey Landranger Map No 29
The Gordon Schools is a well-resourced, six year, non-denominational secondary school (12 -18 years) founded by The Duchess of Gordon in 1839. The roll is about 870. The school and its distinctive tower, stands in its own grounds beside playing fields – one of the best school settings in Scotland. It has a successful educational record. University entrance is high and sporting facilities are excellent. Nearby are the Linden Community Centre, a floodlit all-weather sports centre and the local swimming pool. Sporting, musical, dramatic, cultural and extra curricular activities are strongly supported. The school was granted a European Award for Languages in 2004, it features in national schools debates and the school's Enterprise group has won the National Motorola Award for Excellence in Education for Work and Enterprise and Gold Award for Enterprise. The school was a national finalist in 2004 in the 'Determined to Succeed' initiative. In 2005 the schools won a national award for Active Citizenship.
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