|Scots Gaelic: Athfort|
Alford shown within Aiberdeenshire
|Population||1,925  (2001 census)
est. 2,050 (2006)
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||Unitit Kinrick|
|UK Pairlament||West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine|
|Scottish Parliament||Aberdeenshire West|
Aaford (pronooncit i// Inglis: Alford, Scots Gaelic: Athfort) is a lairge veelage in Aiberdeenshire, north-east Scotland, leein just sooth o the River Don. It lees athin the Howe o Aaford (cried the Vale o Alford an aw) which occupies the middle reaches of the River Don.
The place-name is thocht tae come frae the Scots "auld ford"; its oreeginal position bein on the banks o the Don. The "L" soond in the wird haes, ower time, been droppit, an is silent. Alternatively, the name coud be a tautologie; a combination o 'Ath' an 'ford', baith meanin 'ford' in Gaelic an Scots respectively. Aaford gave its name tae a battle o the Battle o Alford (1645). It is the hame o the wad popular Aiberdeen Angus cattle breed, which is celebratit bi a life-sizit model o a bull on the edge o the toun. It is believit that the oreeginal breedin grund o the cattle wis Buffal, locatit atween Tough (Tulloch) an Craigievar nearby Alford. Another claim tae fame for the toun is the warld famous Alford Oatmeal, grund at Montgarrie, juist ootside the toun.
Probably due tae Aaford's relative isolation an lairge catchment aurie, thare are a lairge nummer o services in the veelage, includin three banks, a supermercat, three garages, a bakery an a wide range o ither shops. Thare is a dry ski slope an aw, swimmin puil an public librar.
The Alford Valley Railway, Grampian Transport Museum, Alford Heritage Centre an Craigievar Castle are popular visitor attractions, wi a range o ither airchaeological steids, stane circles, an castles (includin Balfluig Castle, Castle Fraser and Drum Castle) bein athin easy reach bi road. Situatit in Aaford, Haughton Country Park is a lairge an popular green space wi a caravan park an firthland walks. The 18 hole Alford Golf Club is a attractive an pleasant course which haes a lairge local membership.
Public transport[eedit | eedit soorce]
Thare is a bus service connectin wi Aiberdeen, approximately 25 miles (40 km) away. Thare is hintle new hoosebiggin goin on in Alford as o 2006[update] tae cater for a wirkforce who mainly commute in Aiberdeen tae wirk in the ile industry. Bus services are operatit bi Stagecoach wi dialabus services bein operatit bi Aiberdeenshire Cooncil. Bus services connectin Alford to Aberdeen go bi twa different routes:
Notable residents[eedit | eedit soorce]
- Alford is the birthplace o the renouned poet, Charles Murray
- Stewart Milne, chairman o baith the Stewart Milne Group an Aberdeen Football Club wis born nearbi an attendit schuil in Aaford
- Laird Forbes, o Forbes Castle
- William McCombie, Pioneer Aberdeen Angus breeder
- Emeli Sandé, sangster-sangwriter. Olympic openin ceremony performer.
- Dougie Gray, Rangers F.C. fullback
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]
|Wikimedia Commons haes media relatit tae Aaford.|
- Alford Valley Railway
- Oatmeal of Alford
- Grampian Transport Museum
- Cragievar Castle
- Alford Image Library
- Alford Fiddlers
- Haughton Country Park
- Haughton Caravan Park
- Ski Slope
- Stagecoach Bluebird