Tarves is a charming Aberdeenshire village situated between Oldmeldrum and Methlick in the Formartine area of north-east Scotland, just over 17 miles north of Aberdeen city centre.

The village is well-placed for commuters, offering a peaceful countryside setting and the perfect work-life balance for those who work in the city. Tarves is also within easy reach of Aberdeen Airport, which is under 30 minutes by car. The population of Tarves currently numbers just under 1,000 residents.


982 people

Distance from Aberdeen

16 miles


Regular bus service from Aberdeen


Primary School

Tarves Primary School

Secondary Schools

Meldrum Academy

Additional information

Average cost of a three-bedroom home: £177,500

Average Floor area of three bedroom home: 78m2 / 834ft2

Derived from Quarter Four 2021 property sales in the area.

History of Tarves

Originally a very small rural settlement, Tarves grew in size during the 19th century when its development into a planned village by the Gordons of Haddo began. The village’s expansion centred on The Square, with most of the planned buildings placed around it. The village’s Conservation Area status reflects the historic character of the village and its architecture.

The local economy has benefitted from the oil and agricultural sectors and today Tarves is a thriving community offering excellent amenities, including a 240 acre country park just north of the village which is also home to an adventure playground. The country park also contains Haddo House, a fascinating stately home where the Gordon family has lived for more than 400 years, and is now a National Trust property open to the public for guided tours, Tarves also has its own Heritage Centre, which is home to both permanent and seasonal exhibitions on various themes around the history of the area.

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More information on Tarves is available at www.tarves.org.uk/