Mid Aberdeenshire is the area
around and to the north of the River Don; this covers the area that was formed
the former district of Gordon, which in turn was part of the Grampian region.
Like its neighbour to the south, the River Don is formed in the Cairngorms and
flows east to Aberdeen and
the North Sea; it is the 6th longest river in Scotland. Along the route of the
Don are the settlements of Alford, Inverurie, Kintore and Dyce; the last named
is also the location of Aberdeen’s airport.
Inverurie sits at the point where the River Urie joins the
River Don and the main road from Aberdeen heads northwest, following the course
of this river. The road continues to Huntly, which is located at the point where
the Rivers Deveron and Bogie meet; the town was formerly known as Milton of
Strathbogie. Huntly Castle, to the north of
Huntly itself, was the home of the
Gordon family; it was this family who gave both the Gordon district of
Aberdeenshire as well as the town of Huntly their names.
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