||This article possibly contains original research. (July 2011)|
Newtonhill shown within Aberdeenshire
|Population||3,284 (2010 Estimate) |
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine|
|Scottish Parliament||Aberdeen South and North Kincardine|
The village, originally called Skateraw, has three commercial outlets; A Tesco Metro Store, a convenience store - formerly a Morning, Noon and Night (convenience store) and a pharmacy, which also hosts a weekly post office. There are two pubs in the village, Quoiters and The Newton Arms. Local events centre around the community centre, The Bettridge Centre, which is run by villagers. Beside this centre is the local library. Newtonhill Library is a branch of Aberdeenshire Libraries (www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries) and managed by the Network Librarian at Portlethen Library. The library is open for 9 hours a week and delivers Bookbug Sessions, Chatty Tuesdays, free internet access, photocopying and various other services. Please call 01224 786190 if you have any queries. There is also the Skateraw Hall, originally provided for the residents when Newtonhill was a fishing village.
Newtonhill Primary School serves the village and surrounding hamlets of Muchalls and Cammachmore.
Skateraw was a fishing village, and the older part of the village between the railway line and the sea reflects that heritage though nearly all of the old houses have been modernised and extended. An old smoke house is still visible in Skateraw Road, though it is many years since it was in use. The village had a railway station which lead to the change of name from Skateraw to Newtonhill but it was closed in 1956; the signal box remains in use and remnants of a platform can still be seen. There is an enthusiastic historical society in the village: http://www.skateraw.com/ScotlandPhotos/Skateraw/skateraw.html
Newtonhill today is accessed by the A90 road and functions primarily as a commuter town to Aberdeen and other business hubs in the area. The village is also well served by buses run by Stagecoach Group providing regular services to Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Montrose.
Community groups and activities
Newtonhill has a successful Boys Brigade chess team which has won the Scottish tournament many times and have won the British grand finals the most out of all British teams. There is an active community spirit in Newtonhill and many events are organised through the  Newtonhill and District Village Association, with wider planning issues being discussed by the Community Council.
The Burn of Elsick, which drains agricultural lands from the west, flows into the North Sea at Newtonhill. The White Wife is a rock formation which allows sea angling. Newtonhill also has a great scenic views of the cliffs looking on to the pebble shore, where fishing still a custom to many.
Newtonhill is in Kincardineshire, though local government re-organisation means that the local authority is Aberdeenshire Council.
Newtonhill is situated about half a mile east of the ancient Causey Mounth road, which was built on high ground to make passable this only available medieval route from coastal points north to Aberdeen. This ancient passage specifically connected the Bridge of Dee via Portlethen Moss, Muchalls Castle and Stonehaven to the south. The route was that taken by William Keith, 7th Earl Marischal and the Duke of Montrose when they led a Covenanter army of 9000 men in the first battle of the First Bishop's War in 1639.
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Alongside the commercial enterprise of the local newspaper, The Mearns Leader, Newtonhill has a Local Community Radio Station in Mearns FM. Broadcasting from nearby Stonehaven in the Town Hall, Mearns FM helps to keep Newtonhill up to date with local and charity events, as well as playing a wee bit of music. Staffed completely by volunteers, Mearns FM is run as a not for profit organisation, broadcasting under a Community Radio licence, with a remit to provide local focus news events and programming. Jointly funded by local adverts and local and national grants. Mearns FM has one of the largest listening areas of any Community Radio Station owing to the Mearns' distributed population, Mearns FM was set up to try to bring these distant communities together.
- C.Michael Hogan, Causey Mounth, Megalithic Portal, ed. by Andy Burnham, 2007
- Archibald Watt, Highways and Byways around Kincardineshire, Stonehaven Heritage Society (1985)
- Mearns FM launch release