Peripheral Route To Success

The long awaited opening of Aberdeen’s Western Peripheral Route should benefit hauliers located in the surrounding region, such as established operators Douglas F Mitchell of Laurencekirk. Photography: Craig Eccleston.

FEW COUNTIES of Scotland boast an agricultural landscape that’s equal to Kincardineshire, or The Mearns, as its locals know it. Sheltered by the Grampian mountains to its west and running down to the rugged North Sea coast, the area has long been home to a number of transport operations, dedicated to serving their local farming communities, writes Brian Gordon.

One such business is Glenbervie based, Douglas F Mitchell who started out in business during 1974 with a six wheeled Leyland Bear tipper lorry. The vehicle was bought from Douglas’ father, Fred Mitchell of Drumlithie, who operated a small haulage fleet providing wood, bulk and livestock transport.

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