Laurencekirk is an attractive small town in Kincardineshire, conveniently situated 30 miles south of the city of Aberdeen on the A90. The town is also within easy reach of Dundee just over 30 miles to the south-west, making Laurencekirk the ideal base for commuting to either city – either by car or via regular rail services to Aberdeen and Dundee from Laurencekirk station, also connecting the town to nearby Stonehaven and Montrose.

Laurencekirk’s population has grown to around 3,000 and is home to a good range of local businesses including cafés, restaurants and specialist shops as well as community amenities and services. The considerable growth of the town is the result of a number of new housing developments in the area. However, Laurencekirk has managed to retain its community feel through community forums such as Mearns FM, a local radio station dedicated to providing locals with updates of events and news in the town as well as community newspaper The Kincardenshire Observer, affectionately known locally as “the squeeker”, linking Laurencekirk with its surrounding communities.


2,650 people

Distance from Aberdeen

30 miles


Regular bus & rail service from Aberdeen


Primary School

  • Auchenblae School (with nursery unit)
  • Fettercairn School (with nursery unit)
  • Laurencekirk School (with nursery unit)
  • Luthermuir School
  • Marykirk School
  • Redmyre School
  • St Cyrus School (with nursery unit

Secondary Schools

Mearns Academy 

Additional information

Catchment areas information can be found here.

Average cost of a three-bedroom home: £152,300

Average Floor area of three bedroom home: 90m2 / 968ft2

Derived from Quarter Four 2021 property sales in the area.

Homes In Laurencekirk

As a growing community, Laurencekirk is host to a number of different property types suited to families, commuters and retirees alike. Ranging from breathtaking traditional 5+ bedroom houses to cosy bungalows and cottages that have been part of the town for hundreds of years. There’s no shortage of modern properties either, with several detached and semi-detached new build homes in the area alongside recently renovated country steadings. 


History of Laurencekirk

Originally part of an area known as Conveth, providing free food and board to passing troops, the town has been known as Laurencekirk since 1701.  The main market town within Howe o’ the Mearns, Laurencekirk was involved in industry and home to both linen production and the manufacturing of snuff boxes in the late 18th century. The town today is known for its links to agricultural engineering.

Schools in Laurencekirk

There is an extensive choice of local educational facilities available to new families in the area, featuring nursery facilities primary and secondary schools all within short walking distance of the town centre.

Local secondary, Mearns Academy, provides the base for a community campus to the area offering leisure facilities and community based learning, while providing pupils with a range of modern, purpose built classrooms to explore a varied and challenging curriculum. With nearby Stonehaven a 20 minute drive or a 15 minute train journey away, younger members of the family also have the option of attending Mackie Academy, a fantastic and similarly well equipped secondary in the neighbouring seaside town.

For primary schools in the area, residents have a sensational choice of facilities. One of the most popular options being the fantastic Laurencekirk primary school, situated in the heart of the town. The school offers a modern facility framed in scenic grounds, with 12 teaching areas, nursery facilities, additional support base, a library and visiting music instructors to make excellent use of its two dedicated music learning areas. Physical education is also well facilitated, with a large games hall and outdoor sports field.

Other nearby options include St Cyrus school (15 minute drive),  Auchenblae School (10 minute drive) and Fettercairn School (8 minute drive) among others. Many of which offer a similar high standard of facilities and teaching alongside additional needs support and nursery units.

Things to do in Laurencekirk

There’s a number of options for getting out and about in Laurencekirk, which plays host to an extensive woodland path network in the scenic Denlethen Woods area. Popular for dog walkers and casual family walks, the 1.5 mile loop of woodland walks offer a fantastic and well maintained area to relax and take in the stunning surrounding scenery of the town,

For family weekend fun, local soft play facilities are available for younger members of the family just moments away from the local train station. For leisure facilities, the community campus at Mearns academy offers an extensive variety of evening sports classes and with Montrose leisure centre just a 20 minute drive away, swimming facilities are within easy reach as well. 

Want to find out more about homes for sale in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire? Let ASPC help. On our site you can browse through a comprehensive listing of flats and houses for sale and for lease/rent in Laurencekirk, ranging from one bedroom properties to substantial family homes. We also have a selection of tools to help you choose the right property for you, including our Mortgage Calculator and Aberdeenshire House Prices Guide.

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View area localities
  • Arbuthnott
  • Auchenblae
  • Fettercairn
  • Fordoun
  • Inglismaldie
  • Luthermuir
  • Marykirk
  • Northwaterbridge
  • West Cairnbeg