Old Rayne

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Old Rayne
Old Rayne is located in Aberdeen
Old Rayne
Old Rayne
Location within Aberdeenshire
OS grid referenceNJ675284
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townINSCH
Postcode districtAB52 6
Dialling code01464
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
57°20′N 2°32′W / 57.34°N 2.54°W / 57.34; -2.54Coordinates: 57°20′N 2°32′W / 57.34°N 2.54°W / 57.34; -2.54

Old Rayne is a small village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, approximately 9 miles north west of Inverurie and 14 miles south east of Huntly along the A96 road.


Old Rayne is bordered by the River Ury.


The word "Rayne" comes from the Scottish Gaelic Raon meaning "a field of good ground". In the area around Old Rayne are other settlements including Kirton of Rayne, Rayne North and Potts of Rayne.


Once a burgh of barony, Old Rayne has a 17th-century mercat cross. In days gone by this served as a meeting place for farm workers looking for employment. The bishops of Aberdeen who owned the parish of Rayne once held residence.

Lourin Fair and ORCA[edit]

The village hosts Lourin Fair, a traditional country fair dating back some 500 years, held annually on the third Saturday in August.

Lourin Fair is well attended and quite unusual including traditional elements such as Clydesdale Horse competition/parade; bothy concert; pipe band; It's a knockout; homecraft & produce competition; demonstrations; traditional children's games; vintage vehicles and tea/coffee with "fancy pieces"

The fair is organised by the Old Rayne Community Association (ORCA), a registered charity raising funds for community projects; the upkeep of the village hall and supporting local organisations including Toddlers; Playgroup; Scouts; Bowling and Ospreys football.


Old Rayne natives speak the Aberdeenshire Doric dialect of Scots.


The nearest church is Rayne Church, Church of Scotland. The parish is "Culsalmond and Rayne linked with Daviot".


Old Rayne Primary School in 2005

There is one primary school, located centrally in the village, with the associated secondary school Meldrum Academy, a short bus journey away to Oldmeldrum.


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