A substantial chunk carved out of central Aberdeenshire that stretches from the foothills of the Cairngorms, through the grain-girnel of the Garioch, to the coastal villages of Collieston and Newburgh. A landscape of rich farmland, small towns, country kirks and, above all, castles - places of strength, forttalices, lairds' houses, chateaux, palaces: examples of every form of medieval devensive and Renaissance domestic architecture can be found, for this is Castle Country - Kildrummy, Huntly, Castle Fraser, Leith Hall, Meldrum House. Classic Scots towns abound, amongst which Huntly is a revelation and Inverurie, Alford, Ellon Kintore and Oldmeldrum are rewarding. Improved farms, mills, kirks - even Modern Movement buildings, such as the elegant Inverurie Hospital - are here...
Author: Ian Shepherd
Publication Date: 20 July 2006