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Huntly is a small town in western Aberdeenshire which is the home to the private Gordon Schools. The Schools lie in parkland on the north side of the town, with the Historic Huntly Castle as a backdrop. The River Deveron passes behind the castle, with a tributary confining the east side of the town. Despite an apparent lack of industry in the town, it is clear that is prospered as a market centre near the castle, with many fine buildings around the narrow streets of the town centre. The market would have served the large rural hinterland that surrounds the town.
The town is mostly laid out on a grid iron pattern, even the newer estates seem to have straight roads at right angles to one another. The main road is the A96, which now passes around the town on a bypass. Despite the A96 being the main Inverness to Aberdeen trunk route, there is only one roundabout on the bypass, with the A97, the other junctions all being give way T junctions. The A920, which approaches from Dufftown to the west passes through the town, largely on the former A96 route, right through the square in the centre. Beyond the square, it crosses the River Bogie, passes under the railway and then does a sharp double bend, before running out to the bypass.
The A97 crosses the bypass, and also reaches the town square, from where it multiplexes with the A920 and A96 south east to reach its next section, which turns off the A96 just east of Huntly, and continues north to Banff. To the north west of the town, the B9022 terminates on the A96 after running south from Portsoy on the coast. The last few yards are the former line of the A96, the section from the B9022 to the A920 now being unclassified.
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