Visiting Alford

Welcome to our new and refreshed website for the residents of Alford and its surroundings. Our aim is to communicate and inform our residents of what is going on in the area and close surrounding towns and to be a central resource for upcoming events, businesses and leisure organisations in the area. The refresh of the website was completed with the assistance from pupils at the IT department at the local Academy and from a graduate from Robert Gordon University; their assistance is gratefully acknowledged.

The website is run by 1 volunteer in our spare time but we are not technical wizards so please have patience if we do not immediately respond to your requests. We would also very much appreciate assistance from anyone in the community who has a technical knowledge of WordPress as this would allow us to keep the website fresh and up to date.

Alford community is located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and stretches from Strathdon near the Lecht Ski Centre on the edge of Aberdeenshire to Tillyfourie, on the way to Aberdeen. Located on the famous Castle trail, Alford neighbours Cragievar Castle, a National Trust of Scotland property and is close to Castle Fraser in Kemnay and Crathes Castle near Banchory. Our community boasts a rich blend of culture, history and industry. It is a vibrant, bustling home of highland commerce and tourism.  The town is nestled in the majesty of the rugged Scottish landscape, encompassed by the hills of Bennachie and Correen.

IMG_1847 Often described as the ‘Gateway to the Cairngorms’, Alford conveys all the beauty and culture the highlands have to offer. The River Don flows through the heart of our community, offering a picturesque venue for fishing and water sports.

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There is something here for everyone, whether you are trekking upon the rocky precipices of Bennachie or wandering through the beauty of Haughton estate. Rich in history, Alford boasts the Grampian Transport museum and Alford Heritage Centre, the latter highlighting local history of the agricultural community.

Alford  plays home to some of Scotland’s celebrities; the pop singer Emeli Sandé who sang at the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony  as well as the well-known local poet Charles Murray were both brought up in the village.  The local Heritage Centre has a room dedicated to the life story of Charles Murray and contains the history of his interesting life and some of his writings.

Once IMG_1825you have finished dipping into our rich culture, try visiting Jeremy-Eric the life size statue of the champion Aberdeen-Angus bull. Alford is the home of the Aberdeen Angus breed as it was started by a local farmer William McCombie and this put the village on the map back in the 19th century.

For those who are looking to live here we have  a prosperous industry of garages, craft shops, charitable organisations, with butchers and bakers all offering local produce. A new Education and Community campus was opened in October 2015 and houses the primary and secondary school,  alongside a swimming pool and public library. There is an excellent  winter programme of further education and activities in the village and surrounding areas. A number of annual events will be advertised on our web page nearer the time.

We can’t wait to see you here!