Founded in 1760 by Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk in an attempt to improve the desolate Moor of Ballintomb, the small Moray village of Archiestown lies to the south of Elchies Forest, 4 miles (6 km) west of Craigellachie. It comprises a main street, with a square at its centre and other streets arranged around these in a grid-pattern. Many of the houses were destroyed by an accidental fire in 1783 and, while the village never grew to any great extent, it is today a Conservation Area and is regularly well placed in the Moray Best Kept Village Competition. There is a village hall, post office and hotels in addition to furniture making at Burnside of Ballintomb to the west.

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