Kintore, Aberdeenshire

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Kintore Town Centre - - 15863.jpg
The Square, located in the centre of the town.
Kintore is located in Aberdeenshire
Location within Aberdeenshire
Population4,476 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNJ793163
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtAB51
Dialling code01467
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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57°14′00″N 2°20′46″W / 57.2332°N 2.3461°W / 57.2332; -2.3461Coordinates: 57°14′00″N 2°20′46″W / 57.2332°N 2.3461°W / 57.2332; -2.3461

Kintore (/kɪnˈtɔːr/; Gaelic: Ceann Tòrr) is a town and former royal burgh near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, now bypassed by the A96 road between Aberdeen and Inverness. It is situated on the banks of the River Don. The Town House dates from 1747.

The name Kintore comes from the Gaelic, Ceann Tòrr. Ceann means the head, or the end, and Tòrr means a round hill. So the name signifies that the town was at the head or end of a round hill. This most likely refers to Tuach Hill to the south of the town.

Established in the ninth century AD as a royal burgh,[2] Kintore had its royal charter renewed by King James IV in 1506. But the area has clearly been a popular settlement since prehistoric times. Recent archaeological excavations show Neolithic finds dating to at least 5000 BC.[clarification needed]

Nearby are the remains of Hallforest Castle, former stronghold of the Earls of Kintore.

In 2001 Aberdeenshire Council's figures gave the population of the town as 2,170, with a predicted 2,521 in 2006. The 2011 census recorded the population of Kintore at 4,476, and in 2018 roughly estimated to be around 4,800.


The town is served by two primary schools, Kintore Primary School and Midmill Primary School. For secondary education, local pupils travel by bus to nearby Kemnay and attend Kemnay Academy.

The original Kintore Primary School building opened in 1907, and was extended in the 1950s. In February 2006, a new school building was opened at Castle Walk, housing sixteen classrooms, an early years centre, and a library. The old school building was subsequently demolished.[3][4]

Due to the increasing population of Kintore, a second school was built to the south of the town. The £11.5 million Midmill Primary School opened in November 2016, and has a capacity of 540 pupils.[5] The building is located on Carnie Road and comprises nineteen teaching areas, a hall, library, dining area, and outdoor sports facility.[6] The school was officially opened by the Princess Royal in March 2017, and a commemorative plaque was unveiled.[7]

Roman camp[edit]

Kintore is the site of Deers Den Roman camp[8] and is thought to relate to Agricola's campaigns into Scotland; moreover, Deers Den is associated with the Severan invasion.[9] Archaeologists say that the Kintore camp was definitely occupied in 120 AD and may have been occupied on as many as three occasions during the Scottish campaigns before lack of resources and more pressing matters elsewhere in the Roman Empire induced consolidation and retreat.

The Romans, it is believed, were attracted by the belief that Scotland was rich in natural resources, including gold, silver and tin. The Deer's Den camp could have been involved in the preparations for the decisive battle of Mons Graupius; however, most researchers argue that the site of Mons Graupius was further south in Aberdeenshire, possibly near Raedykes at Kempstone Hill or Megray Hill.

Arriving from the south, Roman legions marched from Raedykes to Normandykes Roman Camp through the Durris Forest as they sought higher ground, evading the bogs of Red Moss and other low-lying mosses associated with the Burn of Muchalls. That march used the Elsick Mounth, one of the ancient trackways crossing the Mounth of the Grampian Mountains,[10] lying west of Netherley.


The Aberdeen to Inverness railway line lies to the west of Kintore. Since October 2020 the town is once again served by Kintore railway station.


NECR (North East Community Radio) was a local radio station based on School Road in Kintore. It began broadcasting in 1994, after gaining an Independent Local Radio Licence in 1993. It closed at midnight on 15 August 2018, after 24 years on air, due to difficult trading and growing pressure from the internet.[11][12]

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  1. ^ "Kintore Profile - September 2017" (PDF). Aberdeenshire Council. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Kintore from The Gazetteer for Scotland". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. ^ "New Kintore School Opens - Kintore News". 22 February 2006. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Kintore School Handbook, 2018/19" (PDF). Kintore Primary School. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  5. ^ "New North-east primary school to open next week - Evening Express". Evening Express. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Midmill School". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  7. ^ "New North-east school officially opened by HRH Princess Royal - Evening Express". Evening Express. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  8. ^ Aberdeenshire Council: Deers Den, Kintore Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Aberdeenshire Council: Recent Archaeological Work at Deers Den Archived 2007-09-02 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ C. Michael Hogan, Elsick Mounth, Megalithic Portal, editor: Andy Burnham
  11. ^ "NECR". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Aberdeenshire's NECR closes after 24 years on-air". Retrieved 8 September 2018.

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