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      07.05.2005 12:49
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      Inverurie is a town of around twelve thousand people situated 16miles from the nearest city of Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland.

      The town is served well by regular bus links (every twenty mins atpeak times) to aberdeen through the 307 service and the train station situated close to the centre of the town which provides links to Inverness Aberdeen and beyond.
      There are also a variety of other bus services linking surrounding towns but i am not too familiar with these as i have not used them often.
      Taxis are readily available from outside the townhall and are provided by an array of company's including garioch taxi's (625454) and always taxis (633333).
      Traffic can be busy through the centre ofthe town but there is a bypass which eases this problem and certainly improves journey time from one end of the town to the other.

      The town has excellent shopping facilities for its size with a diverse range of outlets spread along the main square and up west high street. Recently the distinguished furniture store Andersons of Inverurie moved to purpose built premises outside the town centre freeing up more valuable centrally located space for local business's to thrive. Recent developments also include the construction of new retail units in the 'Edwards' building (formerly the Gordon Arms) and the conversion of the old tesco store at burn lane into individual shopping units.
      For grocery and household shopping needs the town is served by a large tesco store, a safeway (being converted to a morrisons) and a reasonable sized somerfield aswell as two small coop's and a mace.

      The town has excellent sports facilities including an 18hole golf club to be found at the end of burghmuir drive beside the previously mentioned morrisons store. Visitors are more than welcome and will be pleasantly surprised by a well maintained course with some testing holes particularly on the tree lined back nine, the front nine also affords excellent views over inverurie and beyond.

      The sports centre on burghmuir drive provides a large indoor games hall, extensive gym facilities, squash courts, fitness classes, several grass football pitches and a floodlit all weather pitch.

      Further grass football pitches can be found at colony park, davidson park (3), port Elphinstone and Market green.
      Kellands park provides both rugby pitches and a cricket pitch as well as pavillions for each of these sports.
      The town is well represented in a variety of sports. Colony Park Football club is one of Scotlands foremost boys clubs with a vast membership of boys rangin from age six to eighteen and has become somewhat of a uch loved institution in the town.
      Garioch rugby club has both juveniles and senior teams while the cricket club also has two teams.

      The town is represented at highland league level by Inverurie Loco Works FC who have a large number of local players on their books, games are played at Harlaw Park on saturdays with the under 21's playing on a monday.

      The town is also home to three amateur football teams: Fintray thistle(Strathburn Sports Centre), Burghmuir (Strathburn Sports Centre) and Inverurie FP's (Davidson Park).

      Excellent fishing is available on the river Don, permits can be bought from sloans in the town's High St.
      There is a twenty five metre Swimming Pool and children's training pool situated beside the town's Academy.
      The town also has a Skate Park and tennis courts at Kellands Park.

      Inverurie is very well served by drinking establishments, i will start with the clubs: The Golf Club, The Royal British Legion, The Hopeville Social Club and Inverurie Locos Social Club. Pubs include the Kintore Arms, The Old Port Inn (the Brigger), The Black Bull, The Commercial, The Aul Vic, The Butcher's Arms, The Banks o' Ury, Edwards and Oscars.

      More nightclub orientated venues are oscars which advertises itself as a cocktail bar, Edwards, which has a nightclub upstairs which is always busy and spangles at the ardennan house hotel where all the local young pissheads drink themselves into a state every week.

      The town offers a variety of B&B options as places tosay as well as the Kintore Arms Hotel (3* owned by Swallow Hotels) Thainstone House Hotel (4* also owned bySwallow) Strathburn Hotel (4*) and the nearby Pittodrie House Hotel (4*)

      I hope this review has given a good overview of the town of inverurie, thankyou for reading and visit soon!

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