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Newtonhill railway viaduct. Photo credit: Iain Millar

Newtonhill is a medium population village of 3,110 (2004 estimate) in Aberdeenshire, located between Southern Portlethen, Northern Muchalls and the larger Stonehaven (pop. 10,160, estimate).

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Facilities

The village, originally called Skateraw, has two commercial outlets; a convenience store - Morning, Noon and Night (Convenience Store) and a pharmacy, the pharmacy previously being a bakery. There are also two pubs in the village, Quoiters and The Newton Arms. Local events centre around the Community Centre The Bettridge Centre. On 30th November 2009 supermarket giant Tesco opened a store in the village. Newtonhill Primary School serves the village and surrounding hamlets of Muchalls and Cammachmore.

Historic features

Historically, there was a railway station in the older quarters of Newtonhill but this has now become defunct, operating as a signalling station only. Skateraw became most noticed historically for its fishing industry; the old smoke house is still visible in the lower village, though this is also not in operation.

Transport links

Newtonhill today is accessed by the A90 road and functions primarily as a commuter town to Aberdeen and other business hubs in the Aberdeenshire area. The village is also well served by buses run by Stagecoach Group providing regular services to Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Montrose.

Community groups and activities

Newtonhill has a successful Boys Brigade chess team which has won the Scottish tournament many times and have won the British grand finals the 2nd most out of all teams. There is an active community spirit in Newtonhill and many events are organised through the [1] Newtonhill and District Village Association, with wider planning issues being discussed by the Community Council.

Natural features

The Burn of Elsick, which drains agricultural lands from the west, flows into the North Sea at Newtonhill. The White Wife is a rock formation which allows sea angling. Newtonhill also has a great scenic views of the cliffs onlooking onto the pebble shore, where fishing still accustomed to many.

History

Newtonhill is situated about one kilometre east of the ancient Causey Mounth road, which was built on high ground to make passable this only available medieval route from coastal points south to Aberdeen. This ancient passage specifically connected the Bridge of Dee via Portlethen Moss, Muchalls Castle and Stonehaven to the south.[1] The route was that taken by William Keith, 7th Earl Marischal and the Duke of Montrose when they led a Covenanter army of 9000 men in the first battle of the First Bishop's War in 1639.[2]

Geography

Local Radio

Alongside the commercial enterprise of the local newspaper, The Mearns Leader, Newtonhill has a Local Community Radio Staion in Mearns FM.[3] Broadcasting from nearby Stonehaven in the Townhall, Mearns FM helps to keep Newtonhill up to date with local and charity events, as well as playing a wee bit of music. Staffed completly by volunteers, Mearns FM is run as a not for profit organisation, broadcasting under a Community Radio licence, with a remit to provide local focus news events and programming. Jointly funded by local adverts and local and national grants. Mearns FM has one of the largest listening areas of any Community Radio Station owing to the Mearns' distributed population, Mearns FM was setup to try and bring these distant communities together.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Causey Mounth, Megalithic Portal, ed. by Andy Burnham, 2007
  2. ^ Archibald Watt, Highways and Byways around Kincardineshire, Stonehaven Heritage Society (1985)
  3. ^ http://mearnsfm.org.uk/
  4. ^ Mearns FM launch release

Coordinates: 57°02′N 2°09′W / 57.033°N 2.15°W / 57.033; -2.15

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