Turriff, a small town positioned nine miles South of the coastal towns Macuff and Banff, in rural Aberdeenshire, is built around the River Deveron.
Turriff boasts a thriving town centre full of shops, churches, and a monthly farmers market. The Town Cross, or Mercat Cross on Market Street was originally erected in 1512 but was replaced in 1865 by the current 20ft high sandstone structure. It signifies the right to hold a market in the town.
Turriff is 166 feet above sea level and has been in existence for over 900 years. According to some sources, the town was founded many centuries ago by monks, and indeed a site in the town, frequently referred to as Temple Brae, is reputed to be a Knights Templar base.
Those interested in local curiosities will want to pat the head of the famous Turriff Coo statue on the High Street. The Coo commemorates a farmer who refused to pay the newly founded national insurance stamp for his employees, and ended up losing a cow as forced payment. The farming community was up in arms about this and paid to get his cow back!
Turriff Golf Club is part of the Banffshire Golf Pass scheme enabling visitors to play on the outstanding 18-hole course.
The annual Turriff Agricultural Show is the largest Aberdeenshire annual event as well as being the largest two-day show in the whole of Scotland.
Historically, the town of Turriff was the location of the first Civil War Covenanter and Royalist casualties, in 1639. The town’s museums house exhibits relating to this period in its history. Turriff is home to two museums - the Auld Post Office Museum, on the High Street, and the Session Cottage Museum on Castle Street. The latter is an 18th century “but n ben” (ancient form of old Scottish two-roomed cottage).
Delgatie Castle, a 4-star, award-winning visitor attraction which is open to visitors all year round, has been home to the Hay family for most of the last 650 years. Rebuilt in the 16th century, the castle exhibits a Mary Queen of Scots bed chamber, and other Scottish historical items, including intricately painted ceilings. The castle offers comfort to the visitor in its great café, the Laird’s Kitchen, and regularly hosts musical concerts, events and conferences
Turriff is on the A947 through road between Dyce to the South and Banff to the North. Connected to the coast roads, the A90 and A98, Turriff is some way off Scotland’s main motorways, but is accessible via a network of well-maintained A-roads. The nearest railway station is probably Huntly, to its East, and nearest major airport is Aberdeen International Airport at Dyce, an hour away by car.
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