Within the area the A9012 road joins the A978 road; there are also several railway tracks, one of which follows the route of the Aberdeenshire Canal. The name Kittybrewster has been given to three railway stations over the years, including Aberdeen's original main railway station for routes to the north (on the Great North of Scotland Railway). All three stations are now gone, although the route north continues.
The area now contains a small number of bars, the Kittybrewster and Woodside Bowling Club, Kittybrewster Primary School, two retail parks (on the sites of former railway yards), a council depot (on the site of one of the old and closed railway stations) and the moderne-styled Northern Hotel.
The name first appears an official document of 1615, although the lands around were known as the Browster lands in 1376; in 1675 it appeared again as "Kettiebrauster". It has a Celtic derivation from Cuitan Briste, meaning "broken fold". (Cuitan, dim. of cuit, fold (modern Gaelic cuidhe); briste, broken.) Usually, folds for cattle had water near them. Kittybrewster was in the den now called Berryden, which means watery (bùrnach) den.
In popular culture
The name is remembered in a Victorian era fantasy poem by William Cadenhead (1819–1904), "Kittybrewster".
She sell’t a dram – I kent her fine –
Her yaird had midden-cocks and game,
- Milne, John. Celtic place-names in Aberdeenshire (1912)
- kittybrewster.com, a genealogical site