A small town in E Aberdeenshire, Kintore is situated close to the River Don on the A96 road, 13 miles (21 km) northwest of Aberdeen. A former royal burgh, the town is said to have been granted its charter in the 9th Century by Kenneth II after its inhabitants assisted him in his fight against the Picts. The town has a library, caravan park, Pleasure Park and 18-hole golf course. Its Town House dates from 1737-47 and in its parish churchyard stands a Pictish symbol stone of the 6th-7th century AD. A mile to the southwest stand the ruins of Hallforest Castle, a former stronghold of the Keith earls of Kintore.