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Why your next home should be in Blackdog, Aberdeen

5th Sep, 2023

At Kirkwood, we're passionate about building luxury homes within fantastic countryside or coastal settings for our residents to enjoy. One of these locations is the picturesque hamlet of Blackdog, which boasts our new development of stylish homes, Strabathie Village.

From the stunning seascapes and coastal backdrop, to the array of amenities and transport links closeby, we’ve shared the top reasons why Blackdog is the perfect place to call home…

Transport links

Blackdog’s strategic location offers excellent transport links, making it a dream spot for commuters and those who wish to explore further afield with ease. The A90 dual carriageway and the AWPR is right on the doorstep which connects the hamlet to Westhill, Kingswells, Aberdeen city and beyond - making the daily commute a breeze.

Blackdog also benefits from excellent public transport links, with regular services running from Aberdeen to Ellon, Peterhead and Fraserburgh to keep you well connected.

Not only that, Aberdeen International Airport is just a short drive away - perfect for those who travel frequently for work or leisure.

Cafes and pubs

One of the many charms of Blackdog is the wealth of local cafes and pubs nearby - perfect places for a catch-up with family or friends. The welcoming atmosphere of The Coffee Apothecary and The Chocolate Bar in Ellon, plus the Trellis Coffee Shop in Newburgh, are guaranteed to make you feel right at home. There’s also a range of excellent pubs north of Blackdog too - such as the Newburgh Inn, the New Inn, Brewdog and OGV taproom.

Heading towards the city you’ll find the newly renovated Cafe Twenty One in Dyce, and more restaurants and pubs to choose from. Mill of Mundurno and Buckie Farm in Bridge of Don, or The White Horse Inn in Balmedie are perfect for a casual pub meal, and conveniently located less than a 10 minute drive away from Blackdog.

For something slightly more formal, there’s the family-friendly Cock & Bull Restaurant just outside Balmedie. Here you can enjoy a diverse menu, excellent takeaway options and a delicious Sunday roast, or why not try the Meraki Restaurant and Cocktail Bar in Bridge of Don, which offers an ambient setting and tempting food and drink options.

Distances from Blackdog:

  • Trellis Coffee Shop, and Newburgh Inn - 13 minute drive

  • Meraki Restaurant and Cocktail Bar - 12 minute drive

  • Cock & Bull Restaurant - 9 minute drive

  • Mill of Mundurno - 6 minute drive

  • Buckie Farm - 10 minute drive

  • The Coffee Apothecary, The New Inn, Brewdog and The Chocolate Bar - 15 minute drive

Local attractions

Blackdog isn't just a commuter village - it also enjoys a fantastic range of nearby outdoor attractions. For those who enjoy a peaceful stroll, there’s a pretty, sandy beach on the doorstep of our development, and Blackdog is also ideally located for visiting the stunning beaches at Balmedie, Aberdeen and Newburgh - the latter being home to a 400 strong colony of seals.

Heading into Bridge of Don you’ll find Scotstown Moor, a beautiful nature reserve with a fantastic dedicated walking route which is popular with local dog walkers - while Forvie Nature Reserve is just a short drive away in Newburgh.

For any keen golfer, Blackdog is an excellent place to call home, as it is surrounded by a number of fantastic links courses, such as Murcar, Newburgh and Trump International.

Distances from Blackdog:

  • Forvie Nature Reserve - 15 minutes drive

  • Trump International - 10 minutes drive

  • Balmedie Beach - 12 minutes drive

  • Newburgh Beach and Golf Club - 13 minutes drive

  • Murcar Links Golf Club - 7 minutes drive

  • Scotstown Moor - 9 minutes drive


In addition to its coastal charm, Blackdog offers all the essential amenities within easy reach. A variety of shops can be found a short drive away at the Bridge of Don Retail Park, including a Marks & Spencer food hall, Home Bargains, B&Q and Pets at Home to name a few, plus a Costa Coffee with a drive-through. Heading further into Bridge of Don, you’ll find additional retail, namely an Asda store and Tesco Extra.

Blackdog is also an excellent choice for families with children, as it’s close to a range of excellent schools and nurseries. Within Blackdog itself there is a family-run nursery, located just a few minutes walk from our Strabathie Village development, while nearby schools include Balmedie Primary and Bridge of Don Academy.

Distances from Blackdog:

  • Bridge of Don Retail Park - 3 minute drive

  • Tesco Extra and Asda, Bridge of Don - 12 minute drive

  • Balmedie Primary School - 8 minute drive

  • Balmedie Academy - 11 minute drive

  • Ellon Academy - 16 minute drive

Luxury homes

To enhance the potential of desirable locations such as Blackdog, we pride ourselves on building outstanding, high quality homes to allow people to live the life they desire.

Strabathie Village is an excellent development of 3, 4, and 5 bedroom luxury homes in Blackdog. Each home is crafted with unparalleled construction standards and specifications. From the surprisingly spacious 3-bedroom 'Tewel' to the magnificent 5-bedroom 'Lomond' this impressive range of housetypes ensures there is a home to cater for every buyer’s needs and preferences.

The showhome village is now open at the development, with 3 stunning properties to view including the 3 bedroom ‘Potarch’ the 3+ bedroom ‘Birse’ and the 4 bedroom ‘Affric’.

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Why your next home should be in Blackdog, Aberdeen