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Member Peter Craig and the owner discussing Auchernach House and Gardens

Member Peter Craig discussing Auchernach House and Gardens with the owner

Why not join us as a Member and get actively involved in researching and visiting historical sites? Members meet regularly throughout the year to work on specific projects such as: maintaining and enhancing the Cromar Historical Archive; providing support to requests such as transcribing the Tax Records held at County level; carrying out research for Echoes articles; or discussing how to help preserve our local heritage.

Membership costs £10 a year and for details of how to join, please contact us on

Membership benefits include :

  • Regular member meetings
  • Summer visits to local historical sites with knowledgeable locals
  • Support and help from other members on your own identified projects
Members crossing the ford near Duffdefiance

Members crossing the ford near Duffdefiance

The visits during the summer to interesting historical sites are hugely popular and one of our highlights. You visit sites that most of us do not even know exist and get a great insight into our wonderful local environment and history.

To ensure numbers are manageable, these are open to members only and their invited guests.

Past visits have included : Haddo House where Lord Aberdeen kindly acted as guide; Drummuir Castle, Diageo’s entertainment venue for  visiting customers; Crawton, near Stonehaven to see its special geology; Auchtavan, in Upper Deeside, owned by the late Queen Mother; Glen Gairn to visit the hidden remnants of old Catholic/Protestant antagonism and the walled garden of Auchernach and the remains of Duffdefiance.

This year trips include visits to Ballater, Port Soy Salmon Bothy, Midmar, Glen Girnoc and Ordie Moss. Dates of the visits are only circulated to Members. If you are interested in making visits to local sights, see the sub-menus on this tab which show pictures and information about some of our past visits. Reviews of the visits are also on our facebook page : 

Both members and non-members can attend the talks programmes. Besides being enjoyable and informative, these also help fund our research and other activities.