Huntly is an quietly attractive and sizeable town nestling in a broad hollow on the banks of the River Bogie (you at the back, stop sniggering). There's a neat central square with plenty of independent shops on the roads leading off it, with the northern one becoming a fine old avenue which leads to the grand ruin of Huntly Castle. With Dean's Shortbread Factory in the suburbs and an excellent falconry centre nearby, it's a good choice for a varied day out.
|[Bald Eagle at Huntly Falconry Centre (June 2013)]|
Name: Huntly ★★☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NJ 529400 ///hoot.lazy.screening
Within walking distance
Name: Huntly Castle ★★★☆☆
Description: Ruined castle and seat of Clan Gordon, dating to the mid-14th century.
Location: Castle Avenue, 10-min walk north of the centre, G.R.: NJ 532407 ///timing.seated.scariest
Open (2018): Daily, April to October; Saturday to Wednesday, November to March, but closed until late May due to conservation work
Cost (2018): £6 (adults), £3.60 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
Name: Dean's Shortbread ★☆☆☆☆
Description: Huntly-based shortbread factory (one of our favourites) - mostly just a café and shop, but with a viewing gallery above the factory floor where you can watch it being made.
Location: Steven Road, 10-min walk south-west of the centre, G.R.: NJ 524396 ///guitar.snacks.bordering
Open (2018): Daily
Name: Huntly Falconry Centre ★★★☆☆
Description: Bird of prey centre with daily flying displays and handling sessions.
Location: Minor road 4 miles west of Huntly, G.R.: NJ 484416 ///magpie.ground.skate
Open (2018): Daily, April to October
Cost (2018): £7.50 (adults), £5.50 (children)
|[More than just birds at Huntly Falconry Centre (June 2013)]|