Insch is a village in the Garioch, Scotland. It is located 28 miles from the city of Aberdeen; the name of the village may have come from the Scottish Gaelic innis, meaning an island, or, as in this context, a piece of terra firma in a marsh. Alternatively, inch or innis can refer to a meadow or low-lying pasture which more corresponds with the site of the village. Innis indicates the presence of water - a river, loch or estuary - seen as Inch in place names, as in Perth's famous North and South Inches on the west bank of the River Tay. Inchnadamph at the eastern end of Loch Assynt is another example. Innis can be translated as haven or sanctuary - an island where you can be safe from your enemies as much as a resting place on the cattle drove; the village is served by Insch railway station and has regular bus services to Huntly and Inverurie with connections to Aberdeen and Inverness There is a small selection of general and specialist shops, a post office. There is a leisure centre with a variety of activities next to which there is an 18-hole golf course.
There is a bowling club attached to the local library. Plans have been passed for a much needed coffee shop in Commerce Street. There are Church of Scottish Episcopal churches. There is one hotel: The Commercial Hotel, towards the centre of the village. A growing number of houses are offering Bed and Breakfast facilities in response to demand from migrant workers. There is a local Paint Balling area within five minutes walking distance from the railway station. A health centre, part-time fire station and a community centre. A number of small playparks are scattered around the village, along with a larger play park and football pitch beside the leisure centre; the village has a regular bus and train service, located on the main Aberdeen to Inverness train line. Within the village there is a primary school, Insch Primary School. For secondary education, the pupils attend The Gordon Schools in Huntly or sometimes Inverurie Academy in Inverurie; the local golf club has just celebrated its centenary. The game of golf in Insch was first recorded before World War I, with the course being laid around Dunnideer Hill.
It was moved to its present location around 1923 where it existed until 1940, when the ground was seconded by the War Department for use as a grenade range. Golf was absent in Insch until a committee was formed in 1977 to provide the village with such a facility. A nine-hole course was built by voluntary labour along Valentine Burn and was reopened for play in 1982; the club expanded further in 1987, when an innovative clubhouse facility – complete with changing rooms, bar, café and dance floor – was provided from the remnants of temporary accommodation for a local school. The course was extended by the addition of 12 new holes on the slopes of Dunnideer; the design intent of the new course was to match that of the old course, in providing a Parkland course for all golfing abilities, designed around the undulating terrain, with innovative use of water and trees, that would mature over time. The course extension was completed a year later, it was opened on 28 June, 1997 and has now matured to met the vision of the original course designers.
With rising membership and ageing clubhouse, the club members approved a new business plan which included the design and construction of a modern clubhouse – to the design outlined below – at the Golf Club EGM held in March 2003. The vision of the Golf Club Committee was to provide a modern clubhouse facility that would meet the needs of the modern golfer, funded by a modest increase in annual membership fees and designed to retain the friendly club atmosphere and stunning views over the old course and Dunnideer; this vision became reality in April 2004, when the new clubhouse opened its doors for the first time. The clubhouse was opened in June 2004 by Paul Lawrie, a local Scottish golf hero and past British Open Champion; the surgeon/adventurer Robert Daun FRSE was raised here. Gordon Brown has connections to Insch. Robert Alexander Smith was president of Toronto stock exchange till June 17 1912 when his car crashed in Richmond Hill, Toronto Ontario 86% were born in Scotland, 10% in England and 4% elsewhere.
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Blairdaff is a parish in Garioch, Scotland, next to the villages of Kemnay and Monymusk. Until 1986, Blairdaff had a grocery store, a post office, both gas and diesel pumps until they were relocated to Blindburn Farm. Blairdaff Parish Church is linked to the church in the Chapel of Garioch; the original church is located in Blairdaff's courtyard. After a fire in the 1950s, the old church had the roof removed, there is a tradition of open air services in the summer months, which continues to this day
Loch of Skene
Loch of Skene is a large lowland, freshwater loch in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It lies 1 mi to the west of the village of Kirkton of Skene and 9 mi west of Aberdeen; the loch is man-made being dammed at its outflow on the southern shore to form a reservoir. Before 1905, water from the loch was used in the making of tweed and to turn the mill wheel at the Garlogie Mills; when the mills closed in 1905 the water was used to generate electricity. The loch is about 6 foot deep at its deepest; the loch is designated as a Special Protection Area, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Ramsar site for wildlife conservation purposes. The loch supports concentrations of wildfowl in autumn and winter in particular greylag geese, goldeneye ducks and pink-footed geese. Common gulls are found on the loch. Reedbed and a birch and willow carr fringe the loch perimeter. Pike are found in the loch and a permit is required for fishing; the Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club is based at the loch. The loch is the place where Scottish squad sailors Matthew McLullich and Connor Kennedy learned to sail.
The loch was surveyed on 17 July 1905 by T. N. Johnston and L. W. Collett and charted as part of the Sir John Murray's Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909
Echt is an Aberdeenshire crossroads village in northeast Scotland with a population of 300 people. Echt has a number of prehistoric remains, including the so-called Barmekin of Echt, on a hill to the northwest. There is the Cullerlie stone circle near Sunhoney Farm, which may date from the Bronze Age. Echt contains a church, village shop/post office and pleasure park with a designated area of children's play equipment and local football matches are held; the annual Echt Show, a farmers' show, is held on the 2nd Saturday in July. It is centred on the junction of the B977 Dunecht -- the B9119 Kingsford -- Ordie road, it is some 12 1⁄2 miles from the city of Aberdeen. AA Touring Guide to Scotland Echt in the Gazetteer for Scotland Map sources for Echt, Aberdeenshire
Newmachar is a village in the north-east of Scotland located within the Aberdeenshire local authority. Situated 10 miles to the north-west of Aberdeen, the settlement has an estimated population of 2,510; the name originates from the original parish created in 1609, from part of the parish of St Machar's Cathedral. The name refers to the village known as Summerhill, with the surrounding parish being known as New Machar; the philosopher Thomas Reid was parish minister from 1737 to 1752. In 1928, the name Summerhill was changed to Newmachar, the name of the railway station serving the village; the railway station, on the Formartine and Buchan Railway, closed in 1965. During World War 2, Winston Churchill initiated the forming of a British resistance force called Auxiliary Units; these units were put together in top secret, were selected from areas that could be used to benefit from guerilla warfare. These units were made up from farmers and estate workers. Newmachar had one of these patrols that were tasked with destroying the main railways to Inverness, the Buchan line to Fraserburgh and Peterhead RAF Dyce and bridges over the River Don.
Research by C. A. R. T has revealed the patrol members and the location of the Operational Base; the Operational Base was built underground to house up to 8 patrol members who, when the Invasion came would go into hiding for 7–14 days before coming out at night to attack "targets of opportunity", including assassinations of key individuals. Aux unit members had a life expectancy of up to 2 weeks after an invasion. All the members had to sign the official secrets act, were trained at Blairmore House near Huntly. Auxiliary units were well armed with conventional and booby trap explosives; the village contains a shop, one pub, one hotel a Chinese takeaway, a chip-shop, a pharmacy and a primary school. There used to be two shops in the village; this is now demolished. A small block of flats now stands in its place; the original village hall was closed in 2012, replaced with the Axis Centre, opened on 30 August 2014 The local Newmachar Golf Club located just outside the village is noted for being the official golf course of Paul Lawrie at the time he won the 1999 British Open.
It was the venue of a hole in one in which the winner became a professional with a handicap of 24. This was because, to claim the 15k prize, he had to be a pro at the sport; the village was the home to former Aberdeen FC player Neil Simpson, part of the Aberdeen team which won the 1983 Cup Winner's Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson. The village is host to Newmachar United F. C. who are affiliated with the Scottish Junior Football Association. The Newmachar Hotel has been named "Evening Express Pub Of The Year 2010"; the Newmachar Hotel retained the title as Aberdeen's Best Pub, having won the last time the competition ran in 1993. The hamlet of Brokenwind near Newmachar was named the UK's third worst place name in a 2012 poll. September 6th 2018, Radio 1 presenter Greg James managed to get a Cornish Pasty delivered to the village from Cornwall via Radio 1 listeners over the course of four days. Newmachar Community Council Newmachar Golf Club British Resistance Archive - Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team
Blackburn is a growing commuter town northwest of Aberdeen, is situated in Aberdeenshire. Local amenities include an industrial estate, primary school, nursing home, post office, Starbucks Drive Thru, local Co-op and a community hall, publicly opened by The Princess Royal on 2 March 2005. Blackburn has one school, Kinellar Primary School, which provides primary education for local pupils. Pupils travel by bus to attend Kemnay Academy for secondary education. On New Year's Day 2016, there was a fire at Kinellar School, reported to police at around 2.15am. Significant damage was caused to P1 classes. A 16 year old was charged in relation to the fire; the old school was demolished, a new £12 million school was built on its site. It includes a nursery, games area, community park and additional car parking