Declared one of Scotland's first Royal Burghs by the King in the 9th or 10th century, Kintore is now one of the ten largest towns in Aberdeenshire with a population of around 4,800 and further growth planned.
Kintore and District Community Council's area extends to almost 50 sq km, largely following the 300-year-old Kintore Parish boundary by the River Don on the north and Kinellar in the south. It incorporates Balbithan, Crichie, Thainstone, Clovenstone, Cottown and Leylodge.
Kintore is just 13 miles from the centre of the City of Aberdeen and eight miles from Aberdeen International Airport. Kintore Station connects with commuter services into the City of Aberdeen and onward to the national rail network.
The A96 Aberdeen to Inverness trunk road skirts the town and connects to the A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route to make for fast connections to the Central Belt and the south.
Agriculture continues to be a major industry. Within Kintore’s community council boundary is the Thainstone Agricultural Centre one of the largest agricultural centres of its kind in Western Europe.
There are four business parks – Kintore Business Park, Midmill Business Park, Thainstone Business Park and Kirkwood Commercial Park – all within the Kintore community council area.
These business parks are home to a range of businesses from global and European headquarters of companies serving the oil and gas, agriculture, food and drink, aviation, construction, transport and motortrade industries, through to local enterprises.
Kintore has a rich history and heritage. It has been a popular settlement since prehistoric times. More prehistoric round houses have been excavated here than anywhere else in Scotland.
Deer’s Den Roman Camp covered a huge area of what is now Kintore. Pictish culture is represented by the symbol stones in the kirkyard of Kintore Parish Church. To the west stand the ruins of Hallforest Castle a medieval Royal hunting lodge.
At the heart of Kintore is the the magnificent granite Town House. Completed in 1747 it features a distinctive external double staircase to the council chamber.