All is Well in Alford
Alford in Aberdeenshire is an inland town located in the northern part of the UK, or, more specifically, the northeast of Scotland. Alford is known by some as the birthplace of well-known poet, Charles Murray who wrote poems in the Doric dialect - an act that was considered unusual for his time. Mr Murray is still celebrated here and there are poetry and arts celebrations every year on his birthday.
Alford is situated among famous landmarks like the River Don and Benachie and Coreen Hills. Pictish artifacts dot the landscape, lending an air of mystery and wonder. The Picts are also sometimes referred to as Caledonians and they have been studied by many, including Alford’s historical societies.
More contemporary Alford history can be sought and found at Alford Heritage Centre, just off Mart Road. Here visitors are re-introduced to life in the olden days through ‘hands on’ approach. There is also the Grampian Transport Museum which is a showcase of the history of transportation and travel in Scotland starting with chariots from the 1800s to more recent additions.
After learning all about vehicles, hop on board the Alford Valley Railway for a railway ride to Haughton Park, which should be the next stop on any visitor’s list. The Haughton Country Park is open daily for picnics, playtime and walks. This park is over forty hectares and is said to offer the best fishing this side of town. Haughton Country Park is close to Murray Park, a sixty acre pedestrian delight which is replete with history.
And what would a stay in Scotland be like, without a round of golf. Luckily, there is an eighteen-hole course right by the Haughton Country Park.
At Alford, visitors can glimpse Craigievar Castle, built in the seventeenth century or Kildrummy Castle which was once dismantled but now is restored. Their Japanese-designed Alpine garden provides a treat for the senses of sight and smell.
The Alford Ski Centre is a year-round dry ski park where skiers of all levels can try their luck on the artificial slopes. Or try tubing down, which is very popular with the kiddies.
In addition, there is swimming, bird watching (over one hundred bird species alone in Alford!), tennis and other trails. Whatever you wish, Alford’s got it.