At the heart of Huntly’s culture, which it shares with the north-east of Scotland, is its native tongue, The Doric. The word has been long used to describe northern tongues or accents. Doric was George Macdonald’s native speech which he used in many of his books. It is heard in every day usage and in its broadest version in recordings or renditions of Bothy Ballads, the often humorous 19th century songs of farm workers. The fiddle was traditionally the instrument for dancing. There is a distinct North-east of Scotland style of fiddling kept alive and flourishing by Huntly musicians. Dancing, notably Highland Dancing, is alive and well. The visual arts, considered a luxury in the past, now flourish both through the schools and Huntly’s own contemporary arts group, Deveron Arts.