Auchnagatt

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Auchnagatt
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Auchnagatt
Auchnagatt is located in Aberdeen
Auchnagatt
Auchnagatt
 Auchnagatt shown within Aberdeenshire
OS grid reference NJ932417
Council area Aberdeenshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ELLON
Postcode district AB41
Dialling code 01358
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Banff and Buchan
Scottish Parliament Aberdeenshire East
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 57°27′58″N 2°06′50″W / 57.466°N 2.114°W / 57.466; -2.114

Auchnagatt (Scottish Gaelic: ack na gatt) is a village and rural area in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, situated on the Ebrie Burn and on the A948 road between Ellon and New Deer.

Schools[edit]

Auchnagatt Primary School is situated in the village. The rural areas once supported several primary schools, with those at Clochcan, Knaven and Savoch merging to form Braeside School in 1957.[1] Braeside School in turn was closed in 2005.[2] Arnage School to the south remains open.

Secondary education is provided at Mintlaw Academy, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from the village of Auchnagatt.

Transport[edit]

Regular public transport is limited to infrequent bus services to Ellon, New Deer and surrounding villages, though an on-demand Dial-a-bus service is also available.[3] The railway station closed in 1979, and now offers an access point to the Formartine and Buchan Way, the long-distance path that follows the route of the former railway.

Other facilities[edit]

Facilities in the village include a village hall, post office and a general store ("Taylor's Emporium". There also used to be a Hotel and Pub/Function room called the (The Barons) which has been closed since.

History[edit]

There is evidence of prehistoric settlement in the area. The remains of two earth houses were found at Windy Hill, south-east of the village, in 1850.[1]

More recent history centred around agriculture until the coming of the railway in the 1860s, when sidings and goods sheds were constructed in the village.[1]

Nowadays Auchnagatt serves largely as a dormitory village for Aberdeen.

Name[edit]

Sources dispute the origin of the name Auchnagatt, claiming either "field of the wild cats" (Gaelic achadh na' cat)[4] or "field of withies" (willows), in reference to the currachs or wickerwork creels traditionally produced in the area.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Auchnagatt page on VisitPeterhead.com tourist website
  2. ^ Scottish Parliament petition on closure of rural schools
  3. ^ Aberdeenshire Council public transport information
  4. ^ Scottish land-names; their origin and meaning (Herbert Maxwell, 1894)