Lumphanan, with its population of around 750, has a super 9 hole golf course, a pub, general store and post office, hairdressers, excellent primary school and a wonderful activity centre (archery, quad biking, go karting, shooting, etc).
Right on its door step is a huge range of outdoor pursuits including climbing and hiking on the Cairngorms, gliding, fly fishing,canoeing and trail running.
The village of Lumphanan is situated three miles north of the River Dee valley in a picturesque area in the heart of Aberdeenshire, 26 miles west of Aberdeen. It is on the famous ‘Castle Trail’ – located a few miles from both Crathes and Craigivar Castles. Its significance to Scotland’s rich history cannot be underestimated:
- Macbeth, King of Scotland (and tragic Shakespearean hero), was killed in a battle at Lumphanan by Malcolm Canmore in 1057.
- On 21st July 1296 King Edward I of England is thought to have received the submission of Sir John de Malevill at the Peel of Lumphanan.
- The church, rebuilt in 1762 and enlarged in 1851, is thought to have been originally dedicated to St Finan in pre-Reformation times.
- The village developed as a railway settlement in the 19th century. This was the line on which Queen Victoria used to travel from Aberdeen out to Balmoral (the line stopped at Ballater and she took a carriage the remaining 7 miles to the Castle).
- The world renowned Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle was first bred at a farm less than 2 miles outside the village at Tillyfour.
- Lumphanan now hosts the first 10k road race of the year in Scotland – the Detox 10k