All you need to know about Keith

Keith is a town in north east Scotland. It has a population of more than 4,700, and is situated in Scotland’s Moray council area. It lies between the villages Huntly and Fochabers, and is known for its wonderful shops and attractions. The main currency in Keith is the English Pound and the predominant language spoken is Scottish English.

Up until 1975, Keith was situated in Banffshire: a historic county close to Moray Firth. The town has three defined sections:  Fife Keith – which was originally a separate town – Old Town - where the town was first established – and Keith itself – the town’s main commercial hub.

The name Keith is thought to derive from the Brythonic word “coed”, meaning wood. The town originally went by the name “Kethmalruff”, in dedication to the Irish Saint Mael Ruba.

The history of Keith can be traced back 1180, when the old town was first developed. It was built around an old bridge which served as a memorial spot for a local couple who lost their child. The main town itself was developed on higher ground, above river, by the Earl of Findlater – who was chiefly responsible for its design.

Keith has a total of three schools, along with a health centre, optician, dentist and numerous hairdressing salons. The town boasts an annual country show, which draws people from all over, along with three distilleries: Strathmill, Glenkeith and Strathisla. Other sites worth seeing are Mither Tongue and the whisky shop, Dufftown.

Keith railway station offers services to Aberdeen and Inverness, as well as locally to Dufftown, as part of the town’s malt whisky trail. A number of buses operate in the town and run to Aberdeen Union Square and Inverness city centre. The closest airport to Keith is Aberdeen International Airport, at 46 miles away.

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