New Deer (Scottish Gaelic: Achadh Reite) is a settlement in Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland that lies in the valley of Deer. It was founded after monks from Deer Abbey, Old Deer built a chapel at Auchreddie, which translates as "field of the bog myrtle". Around 1507 the register of Deer Abbey lists its lands in the "new paroche of Deir". The name Auchreddie has dropped in significance over the years, however the southern end of the village is still known by this name.
There are three churches in the village, only one of which (St Kane’s) still functions as a religious establishment; it belongs to the Church of Scotland. One is now used as a gym hall of the primary school and the other one is currently being built into flats. New Deer (St Kane’s) Primary School sits behind the main church, in the centre of the village.
St Kane’s opened a church centre in 2003, next-door to the church. The building was previously a long-running local general store and accompanying house. The centre includes a café and is used for various community activities.
- Public Hall
The public hall, opposite the church centre, is run on a not-for-profit basis and hosts various activities including mother-and-baby groups and exercise classes, as well as being a venue for theatrical productions.
- Culsh Monument
- Fedderate Castle
The ruins of Fedderate Castle are to be found 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of the village.
New Deer is currently host to three public houses, The Brucklay Arms on Main street, The Howe (Earl of Aberdeen Arms), situated on Auchreddie Road East and The Royal British Legion, opposite St. Kane's church.
- There has been a bank in the village since at least 1847. For many years this was the Clydesdale Bank until 2006 when the Royal Bank of Scotland took over the branch. Historically the New Deer Savings Bank (est. 1847, and which became part of Trustee Savings Bank (TSB) in 1863), also provided a service to residents, but TSB left the village in the 1980s.
- Café (seasonal)
- General Grocery Stores
- The Grampian Wildlife Rehabilitation Trust, providing help to various wildlife including Seals.
- Post Office
- New Deer All Weather Facility - based at the New Deer play park. This facility currently under construction. The first stage of building (the changing rooms) began in April 2013.
The local vicinity is rich with prehistory and historical features. There are found a number of prehistoric monuments including Catto Long Barrow, Silver Cairn and numerous tumuli. In that same locale of the Laeca Burn watershed is the point d'appui of historic battles between invading Danes and indigenous Picts.
- An Agricultural show that has been running for over 150 years.
- Barn Dance - selling over 600 tickets 24Hrs. First year a sell-out has occurred. Tickets are now selling for £50 each, five times the retail price.
- William Dingwall Fordyce, MP
- Bertie Charles Forbes, was born and buried in New Deer.
- Alexander Falconer Murison, professor and journalist.
- William Fordyce Mavor, educationalist, was born in New Deer.