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Aberchirder

(Foggieloan)
Aberdeenshire

A small town in Marnoch parish, NW Aberdeenshire, Aberchirder lies on the A97 road, between Banff and Huntly, in the valley of the Burn of Auchintoul which flows southwards to join the River Deveron near Marnoch Lodge. Known locally as Foggieloan, it was founded as a planned estate village in 1764 by Alexander Gordon of Auchintoul whose grandfather was a general in the Russian army of Peter the Great. Extending down from the top of a hill, it has a regular plan of streets around a central square.

The town has a library and social club, with a Community Pavilion and sports facilities at McRobert Park. For the tourist, there are hotels and guest houses, but the camping and caravan site closed in 1995. There is a woodland walk round Cleanhill Wood at the southern end of the town and nearby are the Bridge of Marnoch (1806), Old Marnoch Kirk (1792) and standing stones (1800 BC), the 16th-century Innes stronghold of Crombie Castle and mid-15th-century Kinnairdy Castle which is associated with the Innes and Gregory families. Aberchirder, which has several church buildings, was associated with the Disruption of 1843 that created the Free Church of Scotland.


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