Visit Inverurie and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, is a pleasant town with wide streets, built of granite and with a spacious market place, 17 miles North West of Aberdeen, at the confluence of the Don and its tributary, the Ury. Burgh fishings on both rivers are available to visitors. It is an ancient royal burgh, traditionally founded by David of Huntingdon, Earl of the Garioch and great-great-grandfather of Robert Bruce; but its earliest extant charter is dated 1558. Its most important antiquity is the Bass, a grassy conical mound 50 ft high with a lesser mound, the Little Bass, by its side. Originally a severed spur of the Ury, it was the site of an important motte-and-bailey stronghold.
Certain it is that Inverurie was the turning-point of King Robert's fortunes. Here he lay gravely ill. In 1307 he returned, his army of 700 lying in camp near the farm of Crichie; then, pinpricked into action by the raiding tactics of Comyn, Earl of Buchan, he led it to decisive victory in the Battle of Barra. The strategic position of the town resulted in its witnessing the opening manoeuvres of the Civil War in 1639, and it was many times held by Royalists and Covenanters in turn in the years that followed. In December 1745 it became the only scene of bloodshed in Aberdeenshire during the Rebellion of that year.
On that occasion Lord Lewis Gordon, with a party of Jacobites, surprised and defeated a detachment of the Hanoverian army of Lord Loudon on its way from Inverness to the relief of Aberdeen.
Inverurie has many literary associations, the earliest of which is with Arthur Johnston of Caskieben, the Latin poet known as the Scottish Ovid (1587—1641). A son of George, the 7th Johnston Laird of Caskieben, he was born in the family seat, Caskieben Castle, which now forms the older portion of Keith Hall (on the South East outskirts of the town), the home of the Earls of Kintore.
This Z-plan castle, still virtually entire, forms a dramatic contrast with the splendid Restoration mansion conjoined to it by the 1st Earl of Kintore; the South front of this building is crested with a classical balustrade supporting urns, and is set between square pavilions capped by pointed “helmets”. Standing in policies originally landscaped by “Capability” Brown, it contrives to make the best of two worlds, the medieval and the modem.
The Ministry of Public Building and Works cares for the notable ruin of Kinkell, which lies just South of Inverurie. It is a l6th century parish church with ornate details including a rich sacrament house dated 1524.
Nearby islands: Island of Unst
Nearby cities: Aberdeen
Nearby towns: Banchory, Ellon, Huntly, Insch, Kintore
Nearby villages: Alford, Blackburn, Chapel of Garioch, Colpy, Craigdam, Craigearn, Daviot, Dyce, Elrick House, Fingask, Hatton of Fintray, Kemnay, Kinmuck, Kirktown of Bourtie, Lerwick, Meikle Wartle, Monymusk, Newburgh, Newmachar, Old Rayne, Oldmeldrum, Oyne, Pitcaple, Pitfichie, Pitmedden, Pittodrie, Pittrichie, Port Elphinstone, Scalloway, Stoneywood, Tarves, Thainstone, Ythsie
Have you decided to visit Inverurie or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Inverurie bed and breakfast (a Inverurie B&B or Inverurie b and b)
- a Inverurie guesthouse
- a Inverurie hotel (or motel)
- a Inverurie self-catering establishment, or
- other Inverurie accommodation