Huntly is a Town in the Aberdeenshire
area of Scotland, 39 miles northwest of
Aberdeen, on the road to the
Moray Coast and Inverness, also into
Speyside for the Malt Whisky
Huntly is popular for Huntly
Castle visits, vast Castle Park with
a Kids Play, Outdoor
Centre in the Park, Huntly Falconry
Centre 4 miles west open April to
Fishing, and a number of Walks in
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
Touring Parks in the area.
The image top is of from Gordon Street
leading to The Square with the Clock Tower on
the left. The Clock Tower is part of Stewart's
Hall, built from 1875.
The second image is of The Square in the
centre of Huntly. The Fountain was erected in
1882 by the Widow of James Robertson.
The Gordon Arms
Hotel is in the southwest corner of The
Square, built in 1795.
The north end of the Square has a Statue of
Charles Gordon Lennox, fifth Duke of Richmond,
erected in 1862.
Castle Street leads north from The Square to
the War Memorial, at the entrance to Huntly
Just past the War Memorial is the Simpson
Building, part of Gordon Schools, funded by
Elizabeth Brodie, Duchess of Gordon, to honor
her husband George Gordon. This Building was
completed in 1839 to designs of Archibald
Through the Tower Arch by Walking or Car,
takes you into Huntly Castle Park, where there
are vast Playing Fields and Huntly Golf Club, founded in
is about a half mile walk from the entrance,
built from the early 1400s for Clan Gordon.
King Robert the Bruce awarded these lands to
the Gordon's for their support during the First
War of Scottish Independence. The Castle fell
into Ruin in the late 1700s, after being used
by Government Troops during the Jacobite
Risings. The Castle is now preserved to
serve as a Tourist
By the Castle is a Kids Play and Shallow
River, a popular area in warm weather.
Also in the Park is the Huntly Nordic and Outdoor
Centre, for a wide range of Outdoor Sports.
Caravan Park is on the west side of the
Park, with Pitches for Tourers and Tents.
Church is a short walk west of the War
Memorial, built in 1834.
1100s - the area of present day Huntly was
known as Strathbogie, with the first Castle
built for Duncan, Earl of Fife.
1300s - David of Strathbogie fought on the
side of the English during the First War of
Scottish Independence, leading to King Robert
the Bruce awarding the Lands and Castle to his
loyal supporters, the Gordon's of Huntly in
Berwickshire, southwest Scotland.
This led to Sir Adam Gordon moving north,
changing the name of Strathbogie Castle to
1410 - Lord Gordon had the Wooden Castle
replaced by a Stone Castle. The Gordon's had
much of Huntly built over the following
1449 - Alexander
Gordon became the 1st Earl of Huntly.
1470s - George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly,
had Gordon Castle
built 20 miles northwest of Huntly, becoming
one of the largest Country Houses in
1746 - the Battle of Culloden by Inverness
ended the Jacobite Risings. The Government then
began building new Roads, Bridges and Forts
throughout the Highlands to allow Troops and
Cannon to be moved around Scotland to prevent
Huntly Castle was occupied by Government
Troops during the 1745 Rising, with members of
fighting on both side of this Conflict. The
ones that fought for the Government, retained
their Land and Titles.
Huntly Castle had began falling into ruin by
this time, with much of its stone being taken
for Buildings in the Town.
1780s - Mail Coaches began traveling between
Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Mail north to Huntly
and other northern Towns was then taken by
Riders on Horses.
1794 - the Gordon
Highlanders Regiment was formed by General
George Gordon, 5th Duke of Gordon, a time Great
Britain was getting involved in the French
1811 - Mail Coaches began running from
Aberdeen to Huntly and Banff on
new Roads and Bridges. These Mail Coaches also
provided a Passenger Service.
1854 - the Aberdeen to
Inverness Railway was completed with a
Station at Huntly, leading to the expansion of
the Town through Trade. Huntly grew around
Farming, Textiles, and Whisky, with a number of
Whisky Distilleries from 10 to 20
miles away for visits.
1923 - Huntly Castle was transferred from
the Gordon's to Historic Environment Scotland
to be preserved as a Tourist Attraction.
2001 - Duncan Taylor
Beverages moved their headquarters to Huntly
with a Bottling Plant. They buy Barrels of
Whisky from around the Speyside area to produce
Blends and Single Malts such as: Black Bull,
Scottish Glory, Auld Reekie, The Big Smoke,
Battlehill, The Duncan Taylor Tantalus, and The