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This article is about the community in Scotland. For the community in Canada, see Kemnay, Manitoba.

Kemnay (Gaelic: Ceann a' Mhuigh) is a town 16 miles (26 km) west of Aberdeen in Scotland. The 2001 census records the number of residents aged over 16 years as 3,697.[1]


The village name Kemnay is believed to originate from the Celtic words that mean "little crook in the river"[2] due to the village location on the bend of the River Don.[citation needed] Kemnay House is classified by Historic Scotland as a category A listed building.[3]


Kemnay has church buildings available for the following religious groups:


Kemnay is popular with explorers of Aberdeenshire who can stay in numerous guest houses, hotels, and bed and breakfasts within the village. There are three pubs, the Laird's Throat, the Bennachie Lodge, and the Burnett Arms Hotel. Tourists also flock to Kemnay hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive Dark Beast of Kemnay, known to stalk the surrounding countryside.


Kemnay Quarry was opened in 1830 by John Fyfe, and became commercial in 1858. Kemnay Granite has been used in many famous buildings and structures, including;

Granite workers from Kemnay helped to quarry and shape the Australian granite used in the Sydney Harbour Bridge. They also travelled to quarries in California, the Mississippi Levees and Odessa.

Places of interest[edit]


Kemnay has various sports clubs, including;

  • Badminton
  • Bowling Club
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis

There are playing fields available for use by the public at Bogbeth Park, which is also home to the Kemnay Skate Park.

Golfer Paul Lawrie, who won the 1999 Open Championship is a former pupil of Kemnay Academy, as is former Aberdeen F.C. footballer Darren Mackie.



  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Kemnay Locality". General Register Office for Scotland. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Milne (1912), p. 204
  3. ^ "Kemnay house, Ref: 9212". Historic Scotland. Archived from the original on 6 April 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 


Milne, John (1912), Celtic Place Names in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen Journal 

External links[edit]

* Kemnay Village Web

Coordinates: 57°14′02″N 2°26′56″W / 57.23392°N 2.44890°W / 57.23392; -2.44890