You are presently on a tour of the town of  KEITH with pictures and explanatory text

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Featuring - Cottage Wood, Caravan Park, Turner Memorial Hospital, Kynoch's Mills and Laundry Brae

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Some lovely walks can be enjoyed in the "Cottage "Wood", especially during the summer months when the wildlife and birds are busy. There is a walk called the "Ladies Walk" which enters from a set of stone steps, on the minor road which passes through the golf course and connects the Dufftown road to the Mulben road. This walk takes you through the wood, and en route some nice views are available, off the beaten track overlooking the " Brig' of Haughs" and the busy main road. The walk comes out at the large lay by on the A96 near the northern boundary of the town. A picnic table is available near here if you wish to stop for some refreshment. The woods are maintained by Cottage Woods Community Woodland Association and Moray District Council.

This is the only Caravan Park in Keith, and is situated at the southern end of the town, in a nice sheltered spot, with a  modern shower and toilet block , with laundry facilities also available, and plenty electric hook-up points. Accommodation is available for a substantial amount of caravans, motor-homes and tents. A number of large statics are also based here for sale or hire. But sometimes the park is not large enough for all the vans and tents at the time of the Keith Festival, which is a weekend of Traditional Music, usually in June,  with concerts and competitions in the Longmore Hall and other venues. and music in most of the bars. This festival attracts a large amount of fans of Scottish Traditional music to the town, and contributes substantially to the economy of the area. Situated in Dunnyduff Road a location map is available here.

Built around 1878 and opened in 1880 with a staff compliment of two covering eight beds. Named      Turner Hospital after a Dr. Robert Turner who cared for the people of Keith for many years until his death in 1877. The hospital cost around 1200 to build. In 1893 a new wing was opened with money donated by Mr George Kynoch who owned the local woollen mills, which were down beside Keith Junction railway station. This added a further eight beds and the additional wards were named the Kynoch Wards. A busy Health Centre is also part of the hospital complex with  a compliment of up to five doctors  available for consultation by appointment. A well attended garden is highlighted in this view here and here of an Azalea "Orange Beauty", in full bloom, greeting you at the Main entrance.

Not a lot of activity around here now, but this part of Keith used to be one of the busiest parts of the town, especially around "clocking on" and finishing time at the mills. This busy woollen mill was on this spot for around 200 years. At one time  the mill employed around 400 people. The factory closed around 1990. The office building, was slightly different from what it is now, previously with the  Kynoch logo of the " Scottie" dog emblazoned on the side of the building. The other building, at your immediate left in the main picture,  now demolished, had a small turret like structure overlooking the main gate. The area  is now Industrial Units, with a variety of firms taking advantage of the facilities offered. The Units, most of which are part of the original mill, have been modernised to a high standard.

This used to be a popular spot for sledging in the winter evenings, in days gone past. Down the "Laundry Brae", across "Union Street", through the blue gate (hopefully open) and down a further brae in the  Keith Grammar School grounds, now a private housing area, and sometimes landing onto the main road near the opening to Keith Town station. Brilliant. Not possible now, in modern times, even if you could get the snow which seems to get less every winter. The buildings on the right of the "Brae", as in the main picture,  which are now private houses, once housed the washhouse, which was one of the main operations in connection with operation of the Keith Laundry which served  Keith, and a wide surrounding area, with a collection and delivery service by van. The building in it's modern form is shown here.

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