Members inspecting the ruins at Clashmuick in Glen Muick 2017


Oot an Aboot

Every year, members run visits during the summer to interesting historical sites. To ensure numbers are manageable, these are open to members only and their invited guests.

Forthcoming trips are advertised on this page, so keep an eye out for what may be coming up. For a way of seeing the secret parts of Scotland in great company with a knowledgeable guide, these visits cannot be bettered!



Saturday 14th April 2018
Visit to the Garioch Heritage Centre, Loco Works Road, Inverurie, AB514FY. Cars will leave Tarland at 12.15 to arrive at the Centre for lunch at 1p.m.  Telling the story of life in the Garioch from the early 20th century to the present day, the Centre is home to the collections of the Garioch Heritage Society.

Thursday Evening 10 May 2018
Druids, Drunks and Dead Men! Visit to the Midmar Locality. Midmar has been described as one of those deeply interesting localities where the presence of man can be traced continuously from remote prehistoric times. We’ll visit some of the places which exist to prove this theory but also hear amusing stories about some former residents of this parish and other anecdotal bits and pieces which only a local could know….!
Meet at Tarland at 6p.m. for this evening visit.

Thursday Evening 14 June 2018
Ballater History Society Projects.  Meet for car sharing in Tarland Square at 6.00pm. Once in Ballater, park in the main car park at 6.30pm where we will meet Ballater History Society members who will take us round the area, telling us about some of the projects that they have been involved with over the years such as the MacKenzie Memorial, the Jubilee trough, and the Scotch Derrick’.

Saturday July 7
Coastal trip to Portsoy Salmon Bothy and Historical village of Fordyce.  Meet in Tarland Square at 9am for this day trip. Moving away from our familiar rural past, the Group will explore the heritage of our coastal neighbours. It may be a good way to make comparisons with the life of our rural ancestors and the fishing community. The museum showcases displays, artefacts and information about Portsoy’s harbours, the industry and trade and the salmon fishing operations.”
Following a wee look at Cullen and lunch (in cafés or take picnic) , we will head off to Fordyce. To quote Undiscovered Scotland – “…you find a magical place, a warren of narrow streets still following a medieval plan, and all wrapped around a magnificent centrepiece, Fordyce Castle, simply sitting on a bend in the village street.”

Friday August 3
Day walk in Glen Girnock to the abandoned places of Bovaglie and Loinveg. Meet in Tarland Square at 9am for this 11km (total) walk up Glen Girnock. This excursion will be a compliment to James Dyas Davidson’s talk he gave on ‘Abandoned Aberdeenshire’. James will give some history and stories relating to the glen and the abandoned places such as Loinveg and Bovaglie. We will park at Littlemill (OS Map 44 958325) and begin our walk past the old mill and make our way to Loinveg. After that, we will pass Camlet higher up the glen and also a well preserved kiln. At Bovaglie, we will have our lunch and have time to explore Bovaglie. We will return by the same route.
The walk is on a landrover track. There is a short steep part near the start but thereafter it is a steady, gradual climb to both ruins. Walking boots, hillwalking/outdoor gear and a packed lunch with drinks essential. Some fine photo opportunities if the weather is kind to us.

Thursday 23 August:
Ordie Evening Walk, Diatomite Mine at Kieselguhr and the Hall of Logy Rothwayne at Ordie Moss. 1) Diatomite mining at Kieselguhr, Ordie. Peter Craig will explain to us about the diatomite under the moss & the history of the mining in the early 19th century.
2) Veronica & Irvine Ross will lead everyone to the medieval moated site on the Ordie Moss – just a short walk from the parking spot. They will explain the little that is known about the site.
Parking: (1) beside old diatomite factory (grid ref. NJ462011). Peter, Veronica & Irvine will wait for you there (2) junction of moat track with A97 (grid ref. NJ454007)
Bring wellies or walking boots

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