Huntly is an historic market town located in the heart of Aberdeenshire, about 28 miles south of Elgin and 40 miles north-west of Aberdeen. This popular residential town, which has a population of approximately 4,600, is located just off the main A96 road from Aberdeen to Inverness and its easy access to the trunk road makes it a popular commuter area.


4,570 people

Distance from Aberdeen

38 miles


Regular rail and bus services


Primary School

  • Cairney School (with nursery unit)
  • Clatt School
  • Drumblade School (with nursery unit)
  • Forgue School
  • Gartly School (with nursery unit)
  • Glass School (with nursery unit)
  • Gordon Primary School (with nursery unit)
  • Insch School (with nursery unit)
  • Kennethmont School
  • Largue School
  • Premnay School
  • Rhynie School (with nursery unit)

Secondary Schools


  • The Gordon Schools
Additional information

Catchment areas information can be found here.

Average cost of a three-bedroom home: £217,700

Average Floor area of three bedroom home: 125m2 / 1345ft2

Derived from Quarter Four 2021 property sales in the area.

History of Huntly

Originally known as Milton of Strathbogie (a name that referred to its location near the River Bogie), Huntly is rich in history and the origins of the town date back to the 12th century when the first buildings in the area were built as a settlement serving the original castle. The area was established as a planned town by the Duke of Gordon in 1769 when the town’s new name, Huntly, finally replaced Milton of Strathbogie on maps.


Things to do in Huntly

With its superb location, surrounded by beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside, there is a great choice of outdoor activities nearby. The area is an ideal central base for making the most of the beautiful surrounding environment which includes a number of forests, rivers and countryside walks.

Huntly Golf Club, an 18-hole parkland course which has been operating for over 100 years, is nearby and hosts regular competitions over the summer, whilst the Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre, the UK’s only purpose-built, all-weather facility for cross-country skiing, is located on the outskirts of the town. As well as these, there are some great walking trails and mountain biking routes in the area in addition to salmon and trout fishing on the Rivers Deveron and Bogie.

The town, which sits on the edge of the Speyside Whisky Trail, is home to the Glendronach Distillery, which has been creating some of the finest Scottish malts for over 200 years. Knockdhu Distillery is another source of local pride as the company bottles the popular anCnoc whisky. The distillery - situated in Knock, to the north of Huntly – offers public tours for those interested in the craft of distilling. Huntly is also home to the internationally known shortbread brand Deans, which has been produced in the town since 1975, and offers visitors the opportunity to sample its products at their own café and bistro in the town.

Schools in Huntly

Huntly is served by Gordon Primary School, which also has its own nursery unit, located in the heart of the town centre. There are eleven other nearby schools just a short drive from Huntly, and six of these also have nursery groups. These include Cairney School and Drumblade School. These primary schools all feed into The Gordon Schools secondary school, a striking and distinctive school that was founded in 1893 and now has around 750 pupils enrolled. It is located just next to Gordon Primary School, making the transition from primary to secondary easier for children and parents.

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View area localities
  • Aberchirder
  • Avochie
  • Bainshole
  • Battlehill
  • Bridge Of Marnoch
  • Cabrach
  • Cairnie
  • Clatt
  • Cobairdy
  • Corse
  • Drumblade
  • Forgue
  • Gartly
  • Glass
  • Glens Of Foudland
  • Grange
  • Inverkeithny
  • Kennethmont
  • Kinnoir
  • Knock
  • Lessendrum
  • Longhill
  • Lower Cabrach
  • Lumsden
  • Marnoch
  • Rhynie
  • Rothiemay
  • Ruthven
  • Tarryblake
  • Ythanwells