Ellon is an extremely attractive town situated in beautiful countryside by the River Ythan in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire. The population of Ellon currently stands at just over 10,000.

The town is conveniently located in close proximity to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), 16 miles north of Aberdeen and 18 miles south of Peterhead. The short distance from Ellon to Aberdeen makes it an ideal choice for commuters seeking a base outside of the city, with a commute to the centre taking as little as 26 minutes. The Ellon Park and Ride facility also allows for easy commuting by public transport.

Housing in Ellon consists of a variety of building styles including traditional detached granite homes with characterful features in the town centre, to more modern homes in quiet cul-de-sacs to the edge of the town. If you’re looking for a family home near great amenities or looking to downsize to a home in quiet surroundings then Ellon is a great place to look. 


9,910 people

Distance from Aberdeen

17 miles


Regular bus service from Aberdeen and surrounding towns. Ellon operates a Park & Ride, 7 day service to and from Aberdeen.


Primary School

  • Ardallie School
  • Arnage School
  • Auchterellon School (with nursery unit)
  • Balmedie School (with nursery unit)
  • Ellon Primary School (with nursery unit)
  • Foveran School
  • Hatton School, Cruden
  • Meiklemill School (with nursery unit)
  • Newburgh Mathers School (with nursery unit)
  • Slains School
  • Tipperty School

Secondary Schools

  • Ellon Academy 
Additional information

Catchment areas information can be found here.

Average cost of a three-bedroom home: £218,000

Average Floor area of three bedroom home: 98m2 / 1049ft2

Derived from Quarter Four 2021 property sales in the area.


Local amenities:

  • GP Services, Outpatient Clinics and a Pharmacy
  • Supermarket
  • Petrol Station
  • Dentist
  • Library
  • Post office


Leisure Facilities:

  • Gym & Fitness Classes
  • Swimming pool
  • Squash Courts
  • Multi-use Sports Pitches
  • Multi-use Sports Halls
  • 18 Hole Golf Course

History of Ellon

Ellon and its surrounding areas are steeped in history. Esslemont Castle (situated just outside the town) dates back to the 1400s, and Tolquhon Castle – often described as one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland – was constructed in the 16th Century. Nearby Haddo House, a Scottish stately home designed in 1732, is open to guided tours and offers regular events. The Ellon area also has a rich agricultural heritage that is told in the words of the bothy ballads – traditional songs that were originally sung by farm workers in the north east of Scotland.

With the discovery of oil offshore, Ellon’s residential areas expanded rapidly over a period of two decades to accommodate the oil-related workforce. Although the town itself has grown, the main shopping and business areas have remained very compact and the town is also home to a community centre and swimming pool.


Things to do in Ellon

Ellon’s local amenities are excellent - including a health centre plus sports and recreational facilities. The town also offers a good range of restaurants and cafes as well as a good selection of shops.

Ellon is also home to the headquarters of the internationally renowned firm Brewdog, which was originally founded in Fraserburgh in 2007. The brewery is open to the public, with tours available most days – as well as the chance to sample the brewery’s products in its very own brewery tap.

For lovers of the outdoors, Ellon has lots to offer. McDonald Golf Club offers an 18-hole parkland course, while the town’s surrounding area has a great choice of walking routes and hiking trails.

Schools in Ellon

There are eleven schools in Ellon and its surrounding area, five of which have their own nurseries on site, making the local area a popular location for families. The schools then feed into Ellon Academy, which is one of the largest secondary schools in the area, with over 1,000 pupils. The school is only a mile away from the centre of town and there is a bus service provided for students within the catchment area who live 3 miles or more from the campus.

If you’re looking for property to buy or rental accommodation in Ellon, let ASPC help find the ideal new home for you. Our site contains a comprehensive listing of flats and houses for sale as well as properties to rent. Our listings include everything from one-bedroom properties to substantial family homes and retirement properties in Ellon.

Further information at: http://www.ellon.co.uk/

View area localities
  • Arthrath
  • Auchleuchries
  • Auchmacoy
  • Auchnagatt
  • Balmacassie
  • Castlepark
  • Drumwhindle
  • Esslemont
  • Foveran
  • Gight
  • Kinharrachie
  • Kirkton Of Logie Buchan
  • Logierieve
  • Tipperty
  • Udny
  • Udny Green
  • Udny Station
  • Ythanbank