A village in E Aberdeenshire, Blackburn lies on the A96 Trunk Road on the border with Aberdeen. The village grown massively since the 1980s, its population having risen from 387 (1981) to 2960 (2011). It now benefits from a few shops, a post-office, a hotel, play-park, Kinellar Primary School, Kinellar Community Hall (opened by HRH the Princess Royal on 2nd March 2005) and an industrial estate. Kinellar Parish Church was located at Kirkton, a mile (1.8 km) to the north northwest, but is no longer in use.

Approved by Scottish Secretary Michael Forsyth in 1995, the dual-carriageway Kintore and Blackburn Bypass was opened to the south of the village on 15th September 1998 by Calum MacDonald, Scottish Transport Minister, who drove along the new road on a vintage steam engine.

The history and heritage of the area is reflected through the work of local and international sculptors whose work is on display in Kirkhill Forest to the east of Blackburn. Initiated in 1995 by Forest Enterprise, the Tyrebagger Sculpture Project takes its name from Tyrebagger Hill which rises to 250m (821 feet) in Kirkhill Forest, 1¼ miles (2 km) to the east.

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