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Tillydrone is located in Aberdeen
Tillydrone shown within the City of Aberdeen
Population 3,395 [1]
OS grid reference NJ931088
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Aberdeen
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ABERDEEN
Postcode district AB24
Dialling code 01224
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
Website aberdeencity.gov.uk
List of places
57°10′14″N 2°06′56″W / 57.1706°N 2.1156°W / 57.1706; -2.1156Coordinates: 57°10′14″N 2°06′56″W / 57.1706°N 2.1156°W / 57.1706; -2.1156

Tillydrone is an area of the city of Aberdeen, Scotland. Lying north of the city centre and slightly north-west of Old Aberdeen, it is roughly bounded by the River Don, St Machar Drive, and the main Aberdeen-Inverness railway line. It is widely regarded as one of the most deprived areas of Aberdeen.[2]

The name is a corruption of the Scottish Gaelic "Tulach Droighne", meaning a knoll with thorn trees growing on it. The name is somewhat older than the housing estate which essentially comprises the area. It is colloquially referred to as Tilly.

Terraced low-rise ex-council housing in Tillydrone

The housing estate was built as council housing and includes tower blocks and terraced tenement flats in addition to some low-rise terraced houses. As with most council housing stock in the UK, some of these properties have been purchased by their occupants. The proximity of the area to the University of Aberdeen results in some of the housing being rented to students.

Tillydrone has a small shopping arcade plus a few other shops and businesses including a pharmacy, a post office, an award winning butcher shop and a pub. There are also a school and care facilities for elderly people run by Aberdeen City Council. There is a Church of Scotland parish church - Saint George's Tillydrone Church - and the church building is regularly used for community meetings and by community groups such as the Girls' Brigade and Tillydrone Vision.

The Scottish charity, Men and Boys Eating and Exercise Disorders Service SC044378 is based in Aberdeen.

Between the main part of Tillydrone and the River Don is an extensive area of open and wooded land, which leads into the city's Seaton Park. At the edge of this, alongside Tillydrone Road, is the Wallace Tower, a turreted townhouse typical of pre-Georgian Aberdeen architecture which was moved stone by stone from its original city-centre location at the time of the construction of a Marks & Spencer shop next to the St. Nicholas Shopping Centre.

The site of the Donside Paper Mill which lies between Tillydrone and the River Don is currently being prepared for construction of affordable housing.

An Aberdeen City Council "blueprint" has earmarked the area for extensive redevelopment along with five other areas within Aberdeen.[citation needed]

Plans are underway to construct a new bridge over the River Don in the Tillydrone area.


  1. ^ Aberdeen City Council. "2005 Population Estimates" (PDF). Aberdeencity.gov.uk. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation". Simd.scotland.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 

External links[edit]

  • Map of Aberdeen showing Tillydrone centred at MultiMap