Turriff and Districts in North East Scotland

Set in the heart of Aberdeenshire, with easy access to castles, distilleries, museums, a range of historical sites and the coast, the Turriff area offers an ideal base from which to discover this lesser-known jewel in Scotland's crown. This was the offical website for Turriff and its districts in North East Scotland.
Content is from the site's 2009 archived pages.

Formartine Area Managers Office
29 Bridge Street
AB41 9AA

Dr Martin Kirk(Chairman Turriff and District Ltd)
Co Ideas in Partnership
Little Millbrex Cottage
AB53 8NT
Tel 01771 644163


 Excellent fishing, shooting, golf, riding, and a host of other activities are available and there are beautiful areas for walking throughout the year.   Reasonably priced, quality accommodation and a range of eating places offering traditional Scottish fare as well as international cuisine make this an area well worth visiting, be it for a weekend break or longer stay.

Turriff and Its Surroundings, North East Scotland

Turriff and the surrounding villages of Fyvie, Cuminestown, Auchterless and Rothienorman have their own characteristics, histories and amenities. Some of the main sites worth a visit are Auchterless Church, an imposing Gothic church dating from 1879. A bell weighing 1126 kilos hangs in the steeple and the churchyard houses some interesting graves of the 17th and 18th centuries. The planned village of Cuminestown was created by Joseph Cumine of Auchry as a market place for the surrounding farmlands, it also has a graveyard which is worth a visit for those trying to trace their family roots.

Delgatie Castle - just east of Turriff, is the interesting, 11th century 'Tower House' built by the Earls of Buchan. It is the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland. It was taken from the Buchans by the Hays of Delgatie after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Much of the castle was re-built in 1570. The turnpike stair has the widest span of its kind in Scotland. Colourful painted ceilings date back to 1592-95. There are also countless artefacts and works of art to view. Rothienorman House - was first mentioned in 1362, but is now a ruin, but the area is full of country roads that pass through rich farming land and rolling countryside to give extensive views of the area. Cosy, pretty tearoom, voted 17th best place in Britain to have afternoon tea with best in home baking, also gift shop with variey of unusual gifts.

Delgatie Castle - Tel. 01888 563479

Fyvie Castle - An ancient Royal castle, now held by the National Trust for Scotland. William the Lion (1165-1214) held court here as did Robert the Bruce (1306-1329). In 1296 Edward 1 of England also stayed here briefly during one of his forays into Scotland. Perhaps the best example of Scottish Baronial architecture, with five great towers, each erected by the Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon and Leith families, lochside woodland walks, walled garden, tearoom and picnic facilities are all available within the castle grounds.
Fyvie Castle - Tel. 01651 891266

Towie Barclay Castle - visible from the main A947 Turriff to Fyvie Road. The present part of the castle dates from the 16th century and was designed by the same architect as Delgatie Castle, (not open to visitors).

Hatton Castle - near Turriff - is open by appointment only, mainly for shooting parties and garden design seminars. Hatton was rebuilt in 1820 by the Duff family who still retain it as a family home. The rebuilding retained the four large circular flanking towers of the original courtyard but altered all other aspects of the castle. Hatton is set in a large wooded estate.
Hatton Castle - Tel. 01888 563624 (by appointment only)


History of Turriff and District, Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland

Ancient and modern meet in Turriff. The little town sits at the bend of the river Deveron, set among trees and ringed with castles.

Tradition has it that Malcolm Canmore built the now ruined Kirk of St. Congan in the 12thC on the site of an old Pictish fort. Around the year 600 St Congan had founded a monastery on the eastern outskirts of today's town, now known as St Congan's Den.

In the late 13th c, Alexander Comyn, Constable of Scotland, built a hospice for "1 Master, 6 Chaplains and 13 Poor Husbandmen of Buchan."

Next date, 1511. The town was created a Burgh of Barony by James IV - a whole new way of life for Turra folk! Three annual fairs and the right to trade freely in "wine, wax, wool and leather" The first market cross erected and baillies appointed.

The first shot in the Covenanting Wars was fired in Turriff!
The Covenanters had been in command of the town since February 1693, but on 20th May were put to flight by the Royalists, led by the Marquis of Huntly. This is known as "The Trot Of Turriff."
In 1746, Cumberland's troops on their way to Culloden burned the contents of the Parish Church. Only the intervention of the Episcopalian minister prevented the destruction of the building itself.

In 19th C Scotland transport links were developing and, in 1826, the handsome red sandstone Deveron Bridge was built to replace the age-old ferry.

Other developments followed - Town gas in 1839, a postal service in 1840, the railway in 1856. Turriff had come a long way from the small settlements known in ancient times as "Torbruad". Victorian boom times!

Young men from Turriff had long been drawn into serving their country, and many had joined the ranks of the Gordon Highlanders.

One such native of Turriff, George Findlater, a piper with the Gordon Highlanders, was awarded the V.C. by Queen Victoria.
During the Pathan Revolt in India in 1897 the Gordons and the Ghurkas came under heavy fire while attempting to take the Heights of Dargai. Three quarters of the way across an exposed strip of land Piper Findlater was shot in the ankles. He fell and, leaning against a rock, continued to play his pipes as blood ran down from his wounds, staining his kilt red.
He spent months in hospital in Rawalpindi and Portsmouth and much was made of him in the press.
After several concert tours in UK and America, Piper Findlater returned to Turriff, married his cousin and secured the tenancy of a small farm in Forglen.
Between 1927 and 1940 he served as Pipe Major with Turriff Pipe Band. In his honour, the Dargai Trophy is awarded annually.
He is buried in Forglen Churchyard, beside the Deveron.

Now to the world famous Turra' Coo! In 1911, Lloyd George, the Liberal Prime Minister, brought in National Insurance legislation. Robert Paterson of Lendrum Farm refused to comply. He maintained he looked after his employees. To pay the imposed fine, a white cow was impounded, to be sold in the market place in Turriff. The cow was brought to the Square, be-ribbonned and painted with the words "LENDRUM TO LEEKS" a reference to Lloyd George's Welsh roots. A riot ensued! Sherriff's officers were pelted with eggs, soot, neeps, cabbages, divots and kail stumps by a mob of a thousand. The Coo escaped, only to be taken to the Mart in Aberdeen, to be bought by local farmers and brought back to her home at Lendrum, where she died 6 years later. A memorial to her, and the events which led to the formation of the Scottish Farm Servants' Union can be seen at Lendrum Farm.

Two World Wars took their toll on the youth of the rural community, as it was for all similar Scottish towns.

In the 60's and 70's the railway closed, the swimming pool opened and the new building of Turriff Academy completed. An Industrial Estate was established and the population of the town expanded.

Further population expansion came along with North Sea Oil and today Turriff is a prosperous community, still with strong Aberdeenshire roots, but with residents "fae a' the airts."


Turriff and District Heritage Society was formed in 1979 and today cares for and displays artefacts, photographs and other memorabilia in two museums in the town.

Programme of events from February to June

All events will be posted when arrangements have been finalised

Usual opening hours throught the season. Subscriptions may be paid at the Auld Post Office. .

Turra Coo plate recently presented to Turriff and District Heritage Society by Mrs Davidson of Paisley whose late father , Donald Reid acquired it when he worked in North East farms early last century.


Remember the A.P.O.M. is always open on Friday mornings


**Turriff and District Heritage Society has three publications that would be of interest to ex-patriates and others wishing to find out more about Local History.

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This little book is a brief history of Turriff. It costs £2.50

The red "Turriff" book has approximately 70 pages of photographs and text relating to all aspects of life in the small Aberdeenshire town in the 20th century. ISBN No. 0953963101. Price £5.99.

"More from Turriff" 1939-1999 is a more modern version as it focuses on life in Turriff during and after World War Two and includes photographs and reminiscences of people brought up in the town during this period. Price £6.99

Postage and packing prices as follows:
U.K. £1.00
Europe and Canada £2.00
U.S., Australia and New Zealand £3.00

During May and June the Museums are open on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00 or by appointment.
To contact the Society email: turriffdheritage@btconnect.com

or Tel. 01888 562800 / 563249 / 562631



Whats On in Turriff and Area, North East Scotland


Pipe Band Contest - 7th June 2009


The Pipe Band competition takes place every year on the first Sunday in June. There will be an open Bothy Ballad for both male and female singers.

The Highland Dancing Festival will also take place with various age groups and sections. The Pipe Band Competition will begin approx 12.30pm or depending on the numbers it might be 12.00 noon.

There will be various other trade stands, food outlets and refreshment tent.

For further information on the contest please contact Jackie Hepburn on 01888 563079.


Two of Scotland's finest ever musicians, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham will be performing in Turriff Show Marquee , The Haughs, Turriff on Friday 31st July 2009 at 8:00pm. Details on how and where to get tickets will be announced nearer the time.
Turriff Show 2nd - 3rd August 2009


Turriff show is Scotlands largest two day show, attracting crowds of 30,000 - 40,000 people over the two days.

The Turriff Show organised by the Turriff District Agricultural Association, and takes place in The Haughs in Turriff.

The year 2009 will mark the 145th Turriff Show. It is the biggest annual event to take place in Turriff and attracts visitors from a wide geographical area including overseas.

Turriff Show is a venue not to be missed for top livestock producers and horse and pony exhibitors. In addition there are over 250 trade stands,an area specifically designated to the Forestry Industry and a Lifestyle Marquee with stands promoting a healthy lifestyle in addition to quality craft stands.

Sunday is the main horse and pony day with over 700 competitiors from all across Scotland taking part.The open dog show is also held on Sunday

Monday is livestock day. An excellent shop window for some of the best livestock Scotland has to offer. With competitiors travelling from far and wide to show their cattle , sheep and poultry. If you like to watch the traditional Highland Dancers then you will be treated to an outstanding array of dancers, including some National Title holders on the Monday. All dancing takes place under SOBHD rules

There are competitive sections for horticulture, home based crafts, open and companion dog shows.

Each day has an extensive ringside entertainment programme with many special attractions.

Victorian Christmas Fayre

Visit the Castle for this annual event and take a step back in time with staff in period costume.
Bigger and better displays of decorations throughout the castle.
santa with presents for the children

10;00am till 4:00pm each day.

Entry fee £5.00 each.



Turriff is a thriving town and is the main shopping centre for the surrounding area. The town centre has many specialist independent shops as well as stores and banks. Whatever your requirements, you are sure to find them in Turriff where you will receive a warm welcome and great country courtesy. Parking is plentiful and there are some super cafes and restaurants to take a break in. So spend a day shopping in Turriff and you are sure to find what you are looking for.

For information on Local Clubs and Organisations contact

Visit Turriff Library where local contacts can be found.
Tons of Fun at Williamsons Garden and Machinery Centre


Williamson's have plenty on site to keep children happy and amused. Tons o' Fun is a purpose built indoor play centre for children up to a height of 145cm. There is also a private party room available.

We also have a year round TP toys display on site with swings, slides and climbing frames.
Children (and adults) can try out our outdoor pedal go-cart track.

We have a huge stock of toys within the machinery centre showroom including Berg go-carts, TP toys (Platinum stockist), Rolly and Bruder toys, Schleich models and bikes (and spares) for all ages.

Santa's Igloo will be open 6th 7th 13th 14th 20th and 21st December from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

On 6th 7th 13th and 14th Santa wil arrive by Dog Sled at 12:30 pm
We guarantee snow for his arrival
£5.00 per child includes visit to Santa and present

Festive opening times
Christmas Eve 9:00AM to 3:30PM from 27th Dec08 to 4th Jan 09 inclusive 10:30AM to 4:00PM except New Years Eve 10:30AM to 3:30PM
Closed 25th and 26th December and 1st and 2nd Jan 09

Festive Menu available 6th and 7th December and 13th to 21st December inclusive

Kids Xmas Parties available
Contact us for further details


Williamson's Garden & Machinery Centre
South Bogton
AB53 4LA
Tel: 01888 562515
Fax: 01888 562019


















TEL - O1888 563563

EMAIL – yvonne.milne@btinternet.com


Turriff Golf Club
Now over one hundred years old, with a par of 70, Turriff Golf Club proudly presents itself as a Jewel in the Crown, one of the Gems of North East Golf Courses.
Our inland course, with tight fairways lined with mature trees, has the added interest of water, where the Turra burn and river Deveron cross and line fairways. Fairways are lush and green with well-paced greens adorning the course. Bunkers are well sighted to try even the best of golfers. The par 5 12th hole, the longest on the course sets a challenge for even the longest driver while the short par 3 4th, with the green protected by bunkers and out of bounds close by is a challenge in its own right.
A convenient practice area with chipping greens and bunkers is located next to our large car park, while the putting green borders one side of our clubhouse.
The clubhouse is well sited in the middle of the course, housing excellent changing and locker facilities. Members and visitors alike are always assured a warm welcome in our comfortable and spacious lounge, as our bar staff are renowned for their friendliness. The dining room offers first class meals and snacks at reasonable prices, obtainable from our head chef. Attached to our clubhouse is our well-stocked golf shop presided over by our Professional James Mooney.
The panoramic views of the Deveron valley and Forglen estate across the river Deveron, and the town of Turriff which fringes one side of the course only add to the playing and nineteenth hole experience.


No waiting List and at present time no joining Fee



The Towns Together Forum is looking to develop a cycle route linking together the nine participating towns. These towns are Turriff, Banchory, Banff/Macduff, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead and Stonehaven.

Some may wish to do this in one day, others may take a week over it. The route would be safe, signposted and accompianed by a small guide book. This would be a challenge to all ages and abilities.

A lot of work needs to be done to progress this idea further and all comments would be welcome.

Please email your comments to donald.boyd@huntly.net or telephone 01466 799416

For more information on cycling in Grampian

Local Walks

Turriff Walk 1

Stanley's Way

Approximately 1.5 miles on pavements and paths,fairly flat. Not suitable for pushchairs / wheelchairs. Target time 30 minutes

  • Start at The Square and walk up Market Street. Turn right onto Markethill Road and continue straight on

  • To the right of the recycling centre is a gate that marks the start of Stanley's Way. Go through the gate and follow the path, which leads down to Banff Road.

  • Turn right and continue on the pavements towards Turriff. Carry on to Fife Street returning to The Square.


Turriff Walk 2

Around the Haughs

Approximately 3.3 miles on paths, tracks and pavements. There are some inclines and declines, but none of these are particularly steep. Parts of this walk can be muddy in wet weather so sturdy footware is recommended. Not suitable for pushchairs / wheelchairs. Target time 1 hour and 10 minutes.

  • Start at the hospital on Balmellie Road and walk towards the town centre. At the corner take the path on the left under the archway and down towards the Haughs. Continue on to where the path divides.

  • Take the track to the left and then left again, following the track through the trees. Turn right over the footbridge and follow the outer path to the left. Go along the outer path until just before the show ground buildings.

  • Follow the path to the right and over the bridge, back into the wooded area. Take the first path to the left, along Brodies Braes. Continue along the highest path and turn left at the houses.

  • Go straight on, turning left over the bridge and then right. Turn left again and follow the path around the boating pond. Cross the wooden bridge and follow the steps up to Queen's Road. Cross the road and continue uphill.

  • Take the path down to the left and continue on to the right. Cross the bridge and turn left and continue on. Just before the remains of the railway bridge, follow the path uphill, which leads to Deveronside Drive.

  • At the T junction turn right onto Deveron road which leads to deveron Street. Continue on to Gladstone Terrace and turn right on to Manse Terrace. Turn left onto Duff Street, then turn right onto Main Street

  • Continue on, turn left onto Chapel Street and then turn right onto Crown Street. Walk along Crown Street and turn left onto Balmellie Road returning to the hospital


Turriff Walk 3

Towards Dunlugas and Eden

Approximately 4.5 miles on pavements and country roads, fairly flat. Not suitable for pushchairs / wheelchairs. Target time 1 hour30 minutes

  • Start at the Market Cross on Castle Street and head away from High Street along Putachie path. go up Castlehill to the junction, turn left onto Deveron street and along to Deveron Road.

  • Continue along and turn right onto B9025 (signposted Dunlugas and Eden). Carry on to the quarry (gravel pit) on the right. turn around here and head back towards Turriff.

  • At the junction turn left onto Deveron Road and continue on to deveron Street. Turn right onto Castlehill and walk along Putachie Path returning to Castle Street.

Angling Opportunities in Turriff and District

With two rivers plus some still water fishing opportunities, the area provides angling opportunities to suit all levels of experience. While both rivers run through largely agricultural land, there are many areas where this is not particularly evident on the river bank with otters, water voles and a rich variety of bird life often being sighted.

The salmon fishing season on both the Deveron and Ythan runs from 11 February to 31 October. Although the seasonal runs, particularly in the spring, are much reduced from those experienced in earlier times, opportunities for good angling in secluded rural surroundings can still be found in the Turriff and District area.

The Deveron is the larger of the two rivers and superb brown trout fishing can be enjoyed, particularly during April and May, with many fish around 5 to 6 lb. being caught each season while lesser fish between 1 and 3 lb. are not uncommon.

From around the middle of May through to August sea trout move into the river, commonly these are about 3 lb. in weight but specimens of up to 7 lb. are not unusual.

The spring run yields up to 90 fish before the beginning of June. During July grilse start to run and this often continues to through to merge with the 'back end' salmon run. In this late run fish exceeding 30 lb. weight can be landed although the chances of beating the 61 lb. all time record for the Deveron, (and the British Isles) on a fly, sadly, is unlikely. The total annual salmon catch is normally about 2,000.

The Ythan is a relatively small river with proportionally smaller runs of fish although the seasonality is similar to that on the Deveron.

Fishing lets on the Deveron, can be arranged through: Turriff Tackle & Trophies,
6 Castle Street, Turriff.
Phone/Fax: 01888 562428

From February to May daily tickets are available for 32 rods on up to ten beats. From May onwards, the water is usually well booked on a weekly basis but daily rods are available on several private beats. To encourage young anglers a beat can be offered where the child goes for free on purchase of an adult daily permit. Due to cancellations opportunities for weekly fishing may be available at short notice, to check on possibilities contact as above.


Fishing on the Ythan - Fyvie Angling Club water - Permits can be obtained from: Alldays, Fyvie Tel: 01651 891209

In the immediate area still water fishing is available on small, stocked lochs at Hatton (off the A947 some 2 k south of Turriff) and Seggat (off the A947 about 3 K north of Fyvie).

The Hatton water is available to guests at the castle, Tel: 01888 562279.

Seggat is mainly a weekend fishery but also opens at other times during holiday periods. For information on other still water fisheries around the area, www.fishingthefly.co.uk is a good starting point.

During the early part of the season ( Feb to May ) we are able to offer fishing on a daily ticket basis on several beats on the middle to lower river Deveron From May onwards fishing is on a weekly basis for most beats, but we are again able to offer daily tickets on some private beats. The beats generally available early season are:- Avochie,Euchries,Turriff Association, Dunlugas,Upper and Lower Mountblairy, Scatterty, Montcoffer and Wrack fishings.

Prices start at £10 per rod per day rising to £20 in May. From June onwards weekly tickets are available with or without accommodation on some of the above beats. To encourage youngsters we can offer a beat where if an adult purchases a ticket the children go free.

Further details can be found on our website http://www.fishingthedeveron.co.uk
or contact Mr Frank Henderson at the
Turriff Tackle and Trophy Shop,
Castle Street,
Tel: 01888 562428

Delgatie Castle Trout Fishery

Delgatie Castle Trout Fishery offers fly fishing from boat or bank, set in tranquil location. The loch covers 4 acres and is well stocked with Rainbow Trout which range from 1.5lb to well into double figures. There is also a good head of Brown Trout.

Full Day, £20 Keep 3 Fish + C & R;
Half day 5 hours, £15 Keep 2 Fish + C & R.
Any 2 hours, £10 Keep 1 Fish + C & R;
Full Day, £12 Catch & Release;
Half Day 5 Hours, £8 Catch & Release

Open Daily from 8a.m. until dusk (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day)

Facilities include heated hut, free tea and coffee, toilet and car park.

For further information please contact:
Brian Arnold, Mob: 07795 593922
Email: brian@arnold9897.freeserve.co.uk

Delgatie Castle, Delgatie, Turriff AB53 5TD

Just off the A947, Turriff to Banff road


Turriff Tennis Club

Established some 70 years ago Turriff Tennis Club is a small but very active and friendly club. We cater for all ages and abilities and are always looking to encourage more to take up the sport. Situated to the east of the town opposite the Bowling Club the courts provide a relaxed and picturesque setting for a game of Tennis, all year round. The courts are available for hire by non-members too:- A key to access the courts can be obtained from the Sports Centre.

For further info contact: Mark on 07976 299623 or e-mail echtmark@aol.com
Tel: 01888 563800

Upper Keithen Trekking & Riding Centre, Greeness, Turriff

Upper Keithen is set in a peaceful location of natural beauty 6 miles south of Turriff. The centre offers riding through forest and open trails and group or private lessons.

Riding Lessons: Group and private in all weather; outdoor manege

Hacking: groups by the hour or by arrangement

'Own your own pony' - days especially designed for ponyless children and adults, usually arranged in the school holidays

5-day riding holiday: All standards catered for from young children to adults. Full range of ponies and horses from quiet lead rein to fit hunters and dressage horses etc.

All rides are small, there are 14 horses/ponies catering for all age and ability of rider from beginner to the more experienced. All under supervision by qualified instructress.

Coming from Aberdeen to Turriff, turn right at sign for Birkenhills, signposted Lendrum. Travel 2 miles, at triangle turn left, signposted Cuminestown 50 yards on, right lane leading to Upper Keithen Centre

For competitive rates and further details contact J. Dilks on 01888 544006

Cuminestown Art Group

Is a club for local amateur and professional artists ages ranging from 14- 99 years of age from Cuminestown, Turriff and the surrounding area. The meetings are held weekly on Thursday evenings 7.30pm-9.30pm and are closed during the Christmas and summer holidays. The meeting takes place in St Luke's Scottish Episcopal Church Hall, Cuminestown. This is an opportunity for like-minded people to get together to exchange ideas, views and tips.

For one weekend during June the members stage an exhibition held in the hall, of paintings by the members and other local artists, and is usually of a very high standard, consisting of a wide variety of subjects of local and national landscapes, portraits, wild life, still life etc. Using a wide range of media watercolour, oils, alkyds, acrylics, pastels and pen and ink and often includes one or two crafts by a local craftsman.

The club has an excellent reference library of art books and videos that members can borrow. Throughout the year a programme is made up of art related subjects and includes a visiting speaker/demonstrator once a month.

The club members in the summer months make use of the longer, warmer summer evenings, an opportunity to visit local beauty spots and to work in the Plein Air.

Further information on Club activities please contact:
Kathy Balston (President) (01888) 54453
Marion Richardson (Secretary) (01888) 562237

Monquhitter Croquet Club(Cuminestown)

The first Croquet Club to start in Scotland after the Second World War was the Monquhitter Club at the James Tennant Playing Field in Cuminestown in 1949. It was a ladies only club in the early years but accepted gentlemen to join them after a good many years (possibly in the eighties)

The Club plays 'Golf Croquet' which is not as complicated as the 'Federation Croquet' played more widely in several different countries.

Over the years many clubs fell by the wayside; memberships dropped, possibly because ladies were being welcomed into Bowling Clubs. However the Monquhitter Club has stood the test of time; it celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reunion in the summer of 1999 and is still going strong today. Many competitions are held on the well-kept green during the summer months and members are always keen to have a game. The Club meets Monday afternoons and Tuesday and Friday evenings, and of course, new members are always welcome!

For more information about the Club please contact:
Margaret Howard (President) - Tel: 01888 544854

Fyvie Golf Course

Take up the Fyvie Challenge!

The Newly opened fyvie pay and play 9 hole Course.

This attractive inland course has stunning views of the
North East countryside. Although the course is young it
sports surprisingly mature greens and fairways. The
prices are easy but the course is not! Pay us a visit and
you will be well rewarded with an excellent day out!

Call us on 01651 891166 or
E-mail: info@fyviegolfcourse.co.uk
Website: www.fyviegolfcourse.co.uk

Turriff Bowling Club

Turriff Bowling Club was founded in 1878 when a six rink sized Bowling Green was established.

Turriff Bowling Club celebrated its centenary by building a four rink full sized indoor stadium.

The club is fully licensed and has catering facilities.

Visitors are welcome and touring Bowling Clubs can also be catered for.

The club is staffed with a full time administrator and part time bar staff.

Turriff Bowling Club is situated in Bowling Green Road and the telephone number is: 01888 562676




Forty miles north of Aberdeen the Turriff area is a popular destination for game shooting enthusiasts. Here in the north east there is a tremendous varied abundance of high-quality game shooting activities for the visiting sportsman.

Because of the steep terrain and undulating valleys, the local estates can present extremely high testing birds. Specialised pheasant, partridge, duck, goose and pigeon shooting can all be arranged within a short distance from Turriff, where professional, friendly guides are available with their local knowled

For those who are keen on deer stalking, there is Red (stags/hinds) deer, Roe and Sika stalking available in season on our renowned estates. Excellent trophy opportunities can be taken on our majestic breathtaking scenery with an experienced, friendly stalker. For initial information contact David Anderson - 01888 551 220/Email: strocheriefarm@btopenworld.com

Fyvie Estate
Quality driven pheasant shooting, October - January. For further information please contact Sir George Forbes-Leith at Fyvie Estate, Tel: 01651 891246 or Email gforbeslei@aol.com.

Hatton Estate
For information please see www.hattoncastle.com.


The national cycle path runs through the Turriff area and provides a range of cycle paths through this beautiful area for people of all abilities.

Maps can be ordered from SUSTRANS Information Services, Tel: 01179290888 and further information on cycle paths can be obtained from Linda Mathieson at Aberdeenshire Council (Linda.mathieson@aberdeenshire.gov.uk). A useful book for the cycling enthusiast is Collins "Cycling in North East Scotland" (ISBN 0-00-710379-4) in which Route 12 (Turriff/Banff) and Route 17 (Fyvie/Haddo/Ellon) relate to this area.






What is Homecoming Scotland 2009

Inspired by the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s national poet, the international cultural icon, Robert Burns, Homecoming Scotland 2009 aims to encourage Scots and those who love Scotland to visit in 2009. A Scottish Government initiative, Homecoming Scotland 2009 is managed by Scotland’s national events agency, EventScotland in partnership with the country’s tourism body, VisitScotland.

From Burns Night (Jan 25) to St Andrew’s Day (Nov 30) 2009, a country wide programme of Homecoming events and activities is being designed to celebrate some of Scotland’s great contributions to the world: Burns himself, Whisky, Golf, Great Scottish Minds and Innovations, and Scotland’s culture and heritage which lives on at home and through Scotland’s global family.

Organisations all over the country ranging from community groups, to professional events and festivals to Public and Private Bodies are planning new and enhanced Homecoming activity and invite both Scots and those with a passion for Scotland to join the celebrations. From the Shetland isles in the far north to Selkirk in the south; Barra in the west to Aberdeen in the east, a packed calendar of over 100 events is already in place with many more activities being developed in the run up to 2009.

For full details and to sign up for updates and additional programme announcements in the run up to 2009, Visit: www.homecomingscotland.com

Homecoming in Turriff and the local area

Burn’s 250th Anniversary Weekend (Jan 24th – 25th)

The Homecoming Scotland 2009 programme will formally kick off on the weekend of Robert Burns’ 250thAnniversary with Burns’ events planned across the country.

Keep posted for events happening in the Turriff area.


Whisky Month (May 1st – 31st)

Turriff and the local area provides an excellent central base for touring Whisky country, and throughout May 2009, you are being invited to explore and appreciate the expertise of the stillsmen and master blenders, whose diligence has created one of Scotland’s biggest exports and extensions to our culture.

Staying in Turriff means that you are only a short distance from Scotland’s Whisky Trail, where May will kick off with the biggest ever Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. The distilleries here will open their doors to locals and visitors alike.

Go to Turriff and District’s Accommodation Section to book your place to stay during this exciting time.


North East Clan Fortnight (July 18th – Aug 3rd 2009)

The North East Clan Fortnight starts off with the welcoming Clan Ball held in Haddo House, an ancestral clan seat. From here follow a journey of historical and ancestral insight into the region’s distinct heritage at ‘Your North East’; a conference chaired by the University of Aberdeen. Continue this march into history with the world’s oldest Highland Games in Aboyne - meet your chief at your clan hospitality tent. To the thrilling sound of the massed pipebands, join fellow clansfolk for the March of the Clans.

The famous Turriff Show provides a fine finale to North East Clan Fortnight as one of Scotland’s most spectacular agricultural fairs with special attractions for 2009 including Ally Bain and Phil Cunningham.


Turriff Golf Club

Turriff Golf Club will be encouraging as many visitors to come and visit The Golf Club when visiting the area as possible. In conjunction with Turriff Rotary Club there will be an open tournament to commemorate homecoming , open to Gents and Ladies on Wed 29th July 2009.To book a place contact Grace at the golf club. Any future developments will be posted here on the website

Visit: www.turriffgolfclub.com

Fyvie Homecoming


As part of the national “Homecoming Scotland 2009” initiative, the historic village of Fyvie, in Aberdeenshire, will host its own “Fyvie Homecoming Festival” from 28th – 30th August 2009.

A warm invitation is extended to everybody who has links with the village, (no matter how tenuous!) as well as those who might be visiting the area on business or on holiday at this time and would like to sample some genuine Scottish hospitality, to come and join in the celebrations.

For more information, please visit Website: www.fyviehomecoming.com
Links Other information on Homecoming Scotland 2009 can be found at the following websites: Website: www.homecomingscotland2009.com
Website: www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/Tourism/homecomingscotland07
Website: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/visit



Accommodation in Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland
Deveron Lodge, Turriff

Deveron Lodge was built in 2001 and has been tastefully decorated and furnished to a modern four star standard in 2005. What makes Deveron Lodge so special is the warm and friendly welcome. The attention to details such as the bed with canopies in all bedrooms should make your stay unique. All rooms are with en-suite shower rooms, TV/DVD, Tea- and Coffee- making facilities, Radioclock and Hairdryer just to make your stay most comfortable. One Double/Family room, one Twin/Family room, both sleep up to three, two double rooms , all on the ground floor. The Twin/Family room is fully equipped for all disabled people, with easy wheelchair access. Large beautiful landscaped garden with recreation area offers nice views over Turriff from South. Rural location with Turriff Centre in walking distance. Non-smoking establishment, sorry, no pets.Highspeed wireless internet access available.

A VisitScotland 4 Star Guest House and Member of the Green Tourism Business
Licensed premises with bar meals available in the evenings

Deveron Lodge
B&B; Guesthouse
Bridgend Terrace
Turriff AB53 4ES
Tel: 01888 563613
Web: www.deveronlodge.com
email: info@deveronlodge.com

Ardmiddle Cottages

We have four attractive, well equipped self catering cottages with a STB 4 star rating. All guests are personally welcomed and a Scottish hospitality tray awaits your arrival.
Situated in rolling countryside in a quiet rural location, our cottages are the ideal base for exploring the many attractions in the area.

Adrmiddle Mains,
AB53 8AG
Tel/Fax: 01888 562443
Website: www.ardmiddlecottages.co.uk
Email: info@ardmiddlecottages.co.uk

Fife Arms Hotel, The Square, Turriff

The Fife Arms Hotel is a family run hotel and every effort is made to maintain high standards of accommodation and service.

Herbert and Alison Cox extends a warm welcome to you when you visit the Fife Arms Hotel, an 18th century staging inn ideally situated for golfing, fishing, coastal and hill walks, castle viewing and in easy reach of Aberdeen-Elgin-Inverness with all their attractions.

Whether looking for a long break, a base to explore from or just ‘passing through’, The Fife Arms hotel is the ideal venue to stay, providing excellent access from the heart of Grampian, Highlands and Aberdeenshire while only 45 minutes from of Aberdeen airport.

The Square,
AB53 4AE
Tel: 01888 563124 Fax: 01888 563798
Website: www.fifearmshotel.com
Email: stay@fifearmshotel.com


1 Bedroom self catering house in Turriff. Fully equipped incl linen,towels,electric,gas & tv. Bedroom upstairs.Double bed but can add 2 single chair beds if needed.
Near to shops,car park,swimming pool,play park,boating pond etc.Nice and quiet sunny spot with patio / barbecue area. Ideal base for golfing,fishing,coastal & hill walks,castles & horse riding etc.
Only 45 mins from Aberdeen.No pets. No smoking. Hospitality tray awaits you.

5 Sunnybrae,
AB53 4BL
Tel: 01888 563113
Mobile: 07708 562478
Email: margaretsharp@hotmail.co.uk

Creelwell B & B / Guesthouse

Creelwell Farm Bed and Breakfast / Guesthouse by Turriff has comfortable and modern accommodation. We like to think the warm hospitality we offer our guests is the same as we give friends and family. All rooms are on ground floor and comfortably furnished with full central heating, TV, coffee/tea courtesy tray. We have a mix of double, twin and single rooms, mostly ensuite facilities. The conservatory / dining room, overlooks the patio and garden, with stunning views of surrounding countryside. Here you can sample delicious cooked meals on the solid farmhouse range, featuring the best of local produce. In the lounge, you can watch TV and relax in front of a natural coal fire in cooler nights and sample some of the farmhouse home made cakes.

Creelwell farmhouse is a non- smoking establishment

AB53 4HY
Tel/Fax: 01466 730256
Website: www.creelwell.co.uk
Email: creelwell@btopenworld.com

Forglen Estate Cottages

Escape to the country......three comfortable, well-appointed cottages nestled within the beautiful haven of Forglen Estate. Wander along our miles of paths, walk around the grounds and gardens or fish on the river Deveron. An ideal place to explore castles, beaches and the area's many attractions.

Home Farm Office
Forglen Estate
AB53 4JP
Tel: 01888 535004
Website: www.forglenlodge.com
Email: reservations@forglen.co.uk

Garden Cottage, New Byth

4 star Self-Catering cottage in rural Aberdeenshire.
Garden Cottage is a self-catering newly built cottage situated on a family run farm amongst mature trees overlooking a large pond. It has its own garden, patio/ barbecue area and own entrance drive.
One level with disabled access, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath Spacious open-plan living area with wood burning stove, TV, and Music centre.
Well equipped kitchen with microwave, fridge freezer, and modern appliances. Separate utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Central heating in all rooms.
All basic kitchen essentials supplied such as salt, pepper, sugar, tea, coffee, herbs, kitchen roll and washing up requirements. Wood provided for wood burning stove. Towels and linen provided. Food can be pre-ordered prior to arrival.
Capacity 5 - fold up bed and cot available also sofa bed in living room. Dogs are welcome.

Anthony Windsor
Byth House
New Byth
AB53 5XN
Tel: 01888 544230

Email: a.windsor@farming.co.uk

The Gables

Victorian House overlooking the park and sports' fields, within easy walking distance of the town centre. Golf, fishing, whisky, castle and coastal trails all nearby.
1 double, 1 twin, 1 single - all ensuite

W & M. Stewart,
The Gables,
Station Road,
Tel: 01888 568715

Nettle Cottages, Seggat, Auchterless, Turriff

Nestling in private grounds with stunning, picturesque views over the Aberdeenshire countryside, Nettle Cottages provide an extremely high standard of self-catering holiday accommodation. .

Nettle Cottages
By Turriff,
AB53 8DL
Tel: 01888 511168
Website: www.nettle-cottages.uk
Email: leggemooie@aol.com


Pond View Bed & Breakfast/Guesthouse is situated near Maud, by Peterhead and is surrounded by rolling Aberdeenshire countryside. It is approximately 14 miles from Ellon, Fraserburgh, Peterhead or Turriff. There are numerous Golf Courses, in the vicinity, and whether you are interested in fishing, horse riding, walking etc, all these facilities can be found nearby. Why not try cycling on National Cycle Route 1? Our home is a modern bungalow with full central heating, TV, coffee/tea facilities in the bedrooms. We have a guest’s lounge where you can relax, enjoy TV or simply enjoy the tranquil countryside.

Our bed and breakfast has two double rooms with en suite and one twin room with private bathroom.
We also now accept most credit cards.

Our establishment is non-smoking and is open all year round with a 4 Star Rating by Visit Scotland.

Pond View
Tel/Fax: 01771 613675
Mobile 07791 706479
Website: www.pondview.co.uk
Email: mhepburn@lineone.net

Stonefolds Farm Cottages, Fyvie

4 Star self catering accomodation.
2 newly built 2 bedroomed cottages on family run working farm. In a peaceful location with panoramic views the cottage is all on one level with disabled access. It is furnished to a high standard and equipped with everything you need for a relaxing stay. The kitchen contains essential items (salt,pepper,etc) and beverages. Heating, electricity, linen & towels are included in the price.

For more details and a brochure contact Neil & Shirley McNiven, Stonefolds, Fyvie, Turriff, AB53 8NN.
Phone: 01651891267.
E-mail: shirleymcniven@hotmail.com

Penelopefield Holiday Home

Penelopefield Holiday Home is situated in the unspoilt countryside enjoying panoramic views of the Deveron Valley. It is a well equipped, comfortably furnished, double glazed and centrally heated property which sleeps 5 persons. It has a fully fitted eating kitchen with all mod cons,comfortable family room and shower room. There is ample private parking, a secure play area with equipment and a large grass area. The house is 5 miles from Turriff and it is central for the whisky, castle and coastal trails and for sporting activities eg golf, fishing, horse riding, bowling, walking.

Contact Mrs P Steele,
Tel: 01888 562486
Fax: 01888 562486

Monydeen B and B

Newly opened in July 2006 the comfortable Monydeen B&B; is a modern bungalow 3 miles north of Turriff just off of the A947 between Turriff and Banff with views across the Deveron Valley to Todlaw Wood and the hills beyond. The bedrooms and en-suite have been completely refurbished to provide comfortable accommodation for your stay. Your room has digital TV, clock/radio, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. Special features are the warm and friendly welcome and the large garden which guests are very welcome to walk round.

Evening meals can be arranged by discussion.

For your comfort, the lounge is accessible during your stay and offers excellent views across the garden and open countryside.

We offer a choice of full Scottish or a lighter breakfast.

A Visit Scotland 4 star B&B.;

Contact Janice Brownfield,
Tel: 01888 568937
Website: www.monydeen.co.uk

Strocherie Farm

The self catering cottage has been tastefully transformed from a traditional farm workers' home into one delightful holiday cottage which nestles in secluded, peaceful Dummies Howe.
The Howe lies between Banff and Turriff in the heart of Picturesque Aberdeenshire.
This delightful holiday accommodation provides the ideal holiday base from which to explore the many attractions in this area.

David & Winnie Anderson
Strocherie Farm
King Edward
AB45 3PL
Tel: 01888 551220


Our self catering holiday apartment accommodates five people in two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen dining and sitting room. Every room has splendid views of the open country side, double glazing and electric central heating. Details of the facilities are as follows:

The living area comprises a relaxing sofa with a free view television and dvd. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary modern equipment, table and chairs, electric hob, oven with grill, micro-wave, fridge, toaster, kettle, washing machine, iron and an iron board and other essentials such as glasses, cutlery, table cloths and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience, an ample kitchen window enjoys an excellent view of the fish pond. There are two separate bedrooms, one master bedroom and one other which sleeps three. Each room enjoys lovely views, heating, hanging and drawer space. Bath towels and linen are available, baby cot and high chair are available on request. The apartment also includes a patio for relaxation enjoying the open views a BBQ area and a private garden. The pond can be used anytime for fishing by anyone in the apartment.

Hill of Colp
AB53 8HL
Tel/Fax: 0044(0)1888 560761
Mobile :0044(0)7900670069


Delightful 3 star accommodation within the Castle and in a converted Coach House, let on a self-catering basis throughout the year. Stay for week or a short break, bring a family group or stay in the Castle for that very special occasion. All the accommodation is to a high standard of comfort and warmth with everything to make your holiday complete.

Prices vary throughout the year ranging from £200 per week to £490 depending on the length of stay and size of accommodation. One of the houses is designed for someone in a wheel chair and has grade 1 classification from the Tourist Board for unassisted wheelchair access.

01888 563479



Hotels - Members Only
Royal British Legion 01888 563231 Members Only
Fjord Inn, Fisherford 01464 841232 Caravan Club only - 5 pitches
Boggieshalloch Caravan Site, Turriff 01888 563563 Caravan & Camping Club Members Only - 5 Pitches
Haughs Caravan Site, Turriff* 01888 562205 51 Touring Pitches
Caravan Hire, Turriff 01888 568867 1 x 4-6 berth, 30' x 10',
sited at Haughs Caravan Site

Tourist Board rated *