Local History in the Howe of Cromar, Aberdeenshire

Cromar History Group is a lively group of people with a common  interest  in  learning  about, preserving  and promoting the  history and heritage of our local area around the village of Tarland, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is our aim to share what we learn and make it accessible to everyone who might want to know more about Cromar’s fascinating past.

About Us

We are an informal local group whose main aims are to; arrange events, visits and speakers, raise public awareness of our local heritage and collect, record and store information, objects and documents of local relevance.  See our Aims Page.


If you are looking to search our on-line archive for details of your ancestors or to find old photographs or submit material to our archive, then go to our Archive pages.

History Talks

dinnet station

We normally run a series of history talks, open to the public, every winter. Dates and details for these are shown on our Talks page


Every year, we organise visits during the summer to interesting historical sites.To ensure numbers are manageable, these are open to members only and their invited guests. For full details see our Members Page


We publish a well regarded annual magazine on local history called “Echoes from Cromar’s Past”. For details of how to download articles, submit relevant material to the editor, or buy back copies, see our Publications. We also publish guides to history walks in Cromar. You can find them at the Tarland village noticeboard or go to our History Walks page.


We undertake projects from time to time, identified and led by members of the Group. Our on-going project is to digitise our archive and publish it on line. Our most recent project has been to capture the experiences of Cromar residents during the Covid19 epidemic. See our Chronicles page.

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