Know Your Gordon - an A-Z story of Gordon

There are so many places to see and sites to go around Gordon, we’ve compiled an A-Z to help you know your Gordon. Tag your pictures around Gordon with #gordonphoto2019 and you could be in with a chance of winning prizes from the competition sponsor Deans of Huntly!

A-    A is for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City between which Gordon constituency sits.

B-    B is for Bennachie, whose peaks can be viewed from all over Gordon. Whether you’re walking through the heather on Mither Tap or admiring from afar, it (and its eerie history) will never fail to stun.

C-    C is for Chapel of Garioch, with its quaint telephone box and Old Post Office Tearoom, it feels like a village untouched by time.

D-    D is for Deans of Huntly - a Gordon institution, Deans have kindly sponsored our photo competition and you could be the winner of some of their finest pieces!

E-    E is for the Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle; one of the only remaining examples of a recumbent stone circle. Stand in the centre and notice how your voice echoes.

F-    F is for Formartine Buchan way, a rural path beginning in the south of Gordon and Dyce, stretching all the way to the north and beyond to Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

G-    G is for Glass Duck Race, an annual event held in Glass coming up on Sunday the 25th of August! 

H-    H is for Haddo: the beautiful house and estate has a history dating back 500 years, including a tenure as a maternity hospital during the Second World War. 

I-     I is for Inverurie Kirkyard, home of the haunted spot of Mary Elphinstone’s grave, sitting below the motte where a motte-and-bailey castle would have stood centuries ago.

J-    J is for Jump on your bike and Ride the North! The annual charitable bike race will pass through areas of Gordon on the 24th and 25th of August. While registration is closed to take part, you can always show the cyclists your support or plan a ride of your own! Gordon is full of hills to conquer.

K-    K is for Kildrummy Castle. Estimated to have been built in the 13th century, Kildrummy Castle has a long history, coming under siege numerous times, including once while defending the family of Robert the Bruce.

L-    L is for the Logie Newton Cairns. On Kirkhill stand three quartzite cairns which contain unexcavated bronze-age burials.

M-   M is for the markets taking place all over Gordon throughout each month. Visit Huntly on the 1st Saturday; Inverurie on the 2nd Saturday; Ellon on the 4th Saturday; Insch Weekly; and Danestone every 2nd month (next on the 18th of August) to sample the finest local produce.

N-    N is for Newburgh Beach, home to seals, sand dunes and even an old shipwreck. Surely one of the most Instagrammable spots we have.

O-    O is for Oor Wullie. Though this beloved character hails from Dundee, he can be spotted on his travels all around Gordon this summer. Tag your pictures with #owbigbuckettrail as well as #gordonphoto2019!

P-    P is for P&J Live - a new hub for city and shire, the new AECC building puts Gordon constituency on the map. It’s architecture and surrounding are make for some stunning pictures too

Q-    Q is for qualifications, earned by our constituents in schools. Gordon constituency is home to 51 primary schools and 8 secondary schools which will soon include the brand new Inverurie Community Campus.

R-    R is for the rivers flowing through Gordon. The Don, the Ury, the Deveron and the Ythan to name a few. Take a picnic down to the riverbanks or even take a dip on a calm day – just be mindful of litter and ducks!

S-    S is for Slain’s Castle. Nestled on the north-eastern border of Gordon is Old Slain’s Castle, complemented by its New counterpart just North in Banff and Buchan. Old Slain’s Castle was gifted to Sir Gilbert Hay by Robert the Bruce in recognition of his support against the English, but it was destroyed in a rebellion against James VI in 1594.

T-    T is for Tap o’Noth, Scotland’s second highest fort sitting above Rhynie where artefacts from the stone and bronze ages were discovered.

U-    U is for Udny Green, a picturesque little village with a pristine green sitting in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

V-     V is for the secret Victorian curling pond on Mither Tap. A beautiful location for picnics and for dogs to swim, but you’ll have to find the directions yourself…

W-    W is for Windfarms all over Gordon on land and out at sea. 

X-    X is for Excavation (almost). We have all sorts of archaeological sites all over Gordon like the already mentioned Easter Aquhorthies stone circle and the Tap o’Noth, but there are many more to see. Aberdeenshire was a centre of Pictish culture with many stones still standing today

Y-    Y is for the Ythan Estuary where the river Ythan meets the sea. The estuary is home to a spectrum of wildlife such as breeding pairs of common shelducks and mute and whooper swans.

Z-    Z is for zero – zero excuses not to get out and about and see beautiful Gordon!