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Scottish Gaelic: Uachdar Àrdair
Auchterarder High Street.jpg
Auchterarder High Street in the sunshine: Star Hotel, Post Office and Town Hall
Auchterarder is located in Perth and Kinross
 Auchterarder shown within Perth and Kinross
Population 3,945 [1] (2001 census)
est. 4,450[2] (2006),
OS grid reference NN945125
Council area Perth and Kinross
Lieutenancy area Perth and Kinross
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PH3
Dialling code 01764
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Ochil and South Perthshire
Scottish Parliament Perthshire South and Kinross-shire
List of places

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Auchterarder (Listeni/ɒxtərˈɑːrdər/; Scottish Gaelic: Uachdar Àrdair, meaning Upper Highland) is a small town located north of the Ochil Hills in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, and home to the famous Gleneagles Hotel. The 1.5-mile-long High Street of Auchterarder gave the town its popular name of "The Lang Toun" or Long Town.

In the Middle Ages, Auchterarder was known in Europe as 'the town of 100 drawbridges', a colourful description of the narrow bridges leading from the road level across wide gutters to the doorsteps of houses. The name appears in a charter of 1227 in a grant of land transaction to the Convent of Inchaffray [3] The Jacobite Earl of Mar's army torched the town in 1716, but it quickly rose to prominence again thanks mainly to the handloom industry.

In 1834, a controversy over patronage in the selection of a parish minister was the first in a chain of events which would ultimately lead to the 1843 schism in the Church of Scotland. The remains of this church – the tower – have recently been renovated, and there is a plaque explaining what the church used to look like.[citation needed]

The Burgh (Police) Scotland Act of 1892 bestowed Burgh status upon the town and a provost, two bailies, an honorary treasurer, Dean of Guild and six councillors were appointed to manage its affairs.[3]

In 1983, Auchterarder was bypassed, along with Aberuthven, by the A9.

The 31st G8 summit was held in the town in July 2005 at the five-star Gleneagles hotel. The neighbouring golf courses are world-renowned.[citation needed]

In 2008, it was revealed that Auchterarder had the two streets with the most expensive house prices in Scotland.[4]

Auchterarder Castle

This castle stood to the north of the town in the area now known as Castleton. It is said to have been a hunting seat for King Malcolm Canmore in the 11th century and was visited by King Edward I in 1296. It was made ruinous in the 18th century and only fragments remained at the end of the 19th century.[5]

Notable people


  1. "Comparative Population Profile: Auchterarder Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2008-08-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. [1] Archived September 30, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. 3.0 3.1 Young, Alex F. (2003). Old Auchterarder, Blackford and Braco. Catrine, Ayrshire: Stenlake Publishing. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-84033-261-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Middleton, Alison (2008-07-25). "Article - Auchterarder home to two most expensive streets". Press and Journal. Retrieved 2012-12-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "New Seekers star Eve Graham looks back 40 years after their greatest hit". Daily Record. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2012-10-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Stephen Hendry's profile". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 29 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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