Keith is a small town in the northeast of Scotland with a population of around 5000. It is part of the Moray council area, but was historically (until 1975) in Banffshire (this use persists in postal addresses and is common usage amongst older residents). It is divided into two main sections, Keith, which is the new town, and Fife Keith, which is the older section. Newmill, a short distance from the main town, is also an attempt at a planned village. The oldest part of the town dating back to around 1180. The main part of the town today is on higher ground above the river, laid out in 1755 by the Earl of Findlater. It is located at the crossing of the A95 and A96 roads. It has a several local services including a Health Centre, Dentist, Optician and multiple Hairdressing Salons. The town is home to three schools: Keith Grammar School, Keith Primary School and St Thomas RC Primary School. It has one of the few tartan museums in Scotland, an indication of the town's history in the wool industry. Keith is at the start of the Malt Whisky trail, and the town itself is home to three distilleries, amongst them Strathisla Distillery - one of the oldest in the Highlands. The Keith and Dufftown Railway is an 11-mile heritage railway running to Dufftown. The Keith and District Heritage Group have published a number of maps that lead visitors on walking tours through the town and surrounding countryside.