Rothes

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Rothes
Scottish Gaelic: Ràthais
High Street, Rothes - geograph.org.uk - 1528207.jpg
High Street, Rothes
Rothes is located in Moray
Rothes
Rothes
 Rothes shown within Moray
Population 1,252 (2011 census)
Demonym Rothesian
OS grid reference NJ278492
Council area Moray
Lieutenancy area Banffshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ABERLOUR
Postcode district AB38 7xx
Dialling code 01340 831
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Moray
Scottish Parliament Moray
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 57°31′37″N 3°12′29″W / 57.527°N 3.208°W / 57.527; -3.208

Rothes (/ˈrɒθɨs/; Scottish Gaelic: Ràthais) is a town in Moray, Scotland, south of Elgin and on the banks of the River Spey. The village has a population of 1,252 (2011).

At the south end of the village lie the remains of Rothes Castle (57°31′31″N 3°12′33″W / 57.5252°N 3.2092°W / 57.5252; -3.2092 (Rothes Castle)), which dates from the 13th century. Sir Norman Leslie, the castle's owner, was host to King Edward I of England when he stayed there on 29 July 1296 during his triumphal march through Scotland following its conquest by him in 1296.

The village and castle are associated with the Earl of Rothes. Rothes is home to four distilleriesSpeyburn-Glenlivet Distillery, Glen Grant Distillery,[1] Glen Spey Distillery and Glenrothes Distillery—as well as the former Caperdonich distillery. Rothes's Glen Grant distillery forms's part of the world famous Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail.[2]

Rothes Police Station is the only one in the area that is manned twenty-four hours a day; it covers the whole of Speyside. All the other stations in the valley were closed due to cut-backs. Rothes is also manned by a retained fire station and a GP's surgery.

In terms of sporting facilities, Rothes has a Highland League football team, Rothes Football Club[3] who play at Mackessack Park, as well as Rothes Amateurs who play their football in the Moray District Welfare League. Rothes also has a bowling club, a tennis club and Rothes Golf Club, with panoramic views of the Spey Valley.

Climate[edit]

Rothes has an oceanic climate typical of Northern Scotland, characterised by relatively mild, damp winters and cool cloudy summers. The area averages 76 air frosts a year. Like much of Europe, Rothes's climate is insulated somewhat by the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current originating near the gulf of Mexico. This warm ocean current makes Rothes's climate significantly milder during the winter than expected for its latitude - 71m above sea level.

Climate data for Keith (Nearest climate station to Rothes)1981 - 2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 5.9
(42.6)
6.4
(43.5)
8.4
(47.1)
11.0
(51.8)
13.8
(56.8)
16.0
(60.8)
18.5
(65.3)
18.1
(64.6)
15.6
(60.1)
12.0
(53.6)
8.3
(46.9)
5.7
(42.3)
11.64
(52.95)
Average low °C (°F) −0.6
(30.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
0.8
(33.4)
2.6
(36.7)
4.9
(40.8)
7.8
(46)
9.8
(49.6)
9.4
(48.9)
7.2
(45)
4.5
(40.1)
1.8
(35.2)
−1.0
(30.2)
3.88
(38.98)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 65.7
(2.587)
57.8
(2.276)
63.2
(2.488)
59.6
(2.346)
60.8
(2.394)
77.8
(3.063)
70.6
(2.78)
75.6
(2.976)
89.2
(3.512)
100.9
(3.972)
91.9
(3.618)
64.7
(2.547)
877.8
(34.559)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 45.9 77.3 108.2 142.2 190.0 152.7 156.8 145.6 117.5 89.6 53.2 35.0 1,314
Source: metoffice

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glen Grant Distillery". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Rothes F.C.". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 

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