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Living in Westhill: The local area guide

An affluent suburb of Aberdeen, Westhill is ideally situated just 7.5 miles to its west. It’s well known for its new shopping centres, modern housing developments, and abundant recreational facilities. These include a sleek swimming pool, outdoor bowling centre, various tennis courts, and a leisure centre. Residents also flock to the Westhill Golf Course, which features 18 holes and a picturesque landscape.

It’s believed that the name ‘Westhill’ is derived from the sale of Wester Kinmundy and the Black Hills in 1859, which were combined into the single agricultural estate. However, the town itself didn’t really begin to take shape until more recent times. Westhill began as the brainchild of Ronald Fraser Dean in 1963, and with the backing of Aberdeen District Council, the first homes for this new settlement were constructed in 1968. The town has only grown in population and scope since then, in tandem with the growth of the local oil and gas industry.


Westhill’s demographics are linked to the region’s oil and gas industry, and the population has grown as workers have arrived over the years. The Aberdeenshire Council states that Westhill’s population grew in numbers at a rate of 22.1% between the 2001 and 2011 census counts. The total count was 11,600 in 2011 while it was just 9,498 in 2001. Westhill is particularly famed for housing a high population of sub-sea engineers. Yet there is a strong local economy supporting those in retail, managerial, and professional roles as well.

Westhill is considered to be an affluent area, with unemployment figures lower than in the rest of Aberdeenshire. Earnings are also higher in this town than the surrounding region. The average household salary in 2011 was £31,851 in Aberdeenshire, but it was £44,847 within Westhill.


Westhill Academy is the local secondary school, serving pupils from Westhill, Skene, and other villages in the vicinity. There are over 1,000 pupils on its register in total, a number which has grown since its initial opening in 1979. Westhill Academy was rated as ‘good’ in almost all categories according to its latest inspection report listed by Education Scotland.

In addition to the academy, there are also three primary schools available, which also include nursery provisions. Crombie Primary School includes a nursery and was rated ‘good’ in its latest inspection at both the nursery and primary division. Elrick Primary received a ‘good' rating for its primary school and was ‘very good’ in its nursery.

The third school is Westhill Primary, which is known for its stimulating learning environment. All three primaries, as well as the secondary academy, are run by Aberdeenshire Council.


Many residents of Westhill commute into Aberdeen city centre and the town is quite well-connected with abundant transport links. Motorists are well-served with the A944 running right through town. This is the most direct route to Aberdeen and Kingswells.

However, there are a number of bus routes that run through Westhill as well. Westhill Academy students can take the 18 bus service, which connects the school with pupils in Kingswells. The express X18 route travels to and from Aberdeen, stopping in towns such as Skene and Dunect while the 777 provides service to Oldmeldrum and Aberdeen at either end of the route.

There is no railway station in town, but with a short taxi ride to Aberdeen’s station, residents can enjoy swift, direct services to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Amenities and shopping

Many well-known shopping outlets are at the disposal of Westhill residents, and the town’s modern shopping centres draw visitors from around the Aberdeenshire region. One of the undoubted highlights of Westhill is the Westhill Shopping Centre, which has undergone a recent expansion. The shopping centre boasts a wealth of services and retail outlets including fashion boutiques, a hair salon, a greengrocer, and a butcher shop.

Large retail establishments in town also include a Tesco Superstore, Co-operative, Aldi, and Marks and Spencer, as well as a Costco for bulk shopping and merchant goods. Basic services in town include bank branches and estate agents, as well as the Premier Inn and Holiday Inn hotel chains.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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