Aberdeenshire | Town | ★★

[Huntly Castle]

Huntly is a 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 (20/6/13)]

Location & info

📌 Huntly ★★
Aberdeenshire, G.R.: NJ 529400 ///hoot.lazy.screening

🚶 The castle is an easy stroll from the town centre, but there's not much else within walking distance; this isn't an obvious base for those without a car.
🚆🚌 Huntly receives trains and coaches on the Aberdeen to Inverness transport routes, and there are a handful of other local buses.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Huntly Castle ★★★
💬 Ruined castle and seat of Clan Gordon, dating to the mid-14th century.
Castle Avenue, 10-min walk north of the town centre, G.R.: NJ 532407 ///timing.seated.scariest
Open daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March | £6 adult / £3.60 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

📌 Dean's Shortbread
💬 Huntly-based shortbread manufacturer (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.
Steven Road, 10-min walk southwest of the town centre, G.R.: NJ 524396 ///guitar.snacks.bordering
Open daily | Free

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

📌 Huntly Falconry Centre ★★★
💬 Bird of prey centre with daily flying displays and handling sessions.
By minor road 3 mi west of Huntly, G.R.: NJ 484416 ///magpie.ground.skate
Open daily, April to October | £8 adult / £6 child

[Courtyard outbuildings]

[Huntly Falconry Centre doesn't just have birds (20/6/13)]


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