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!
Our next trip will be:
Preparations for the new graveyard led to an intense survey of the origins of the old Kirk of St Nathalan. What was he doing here, and when? The Kirk precinct, adjacent settlement, place-names and the huge collection of early medieval grave markers (still in council store) bring this abandoned site to life. The tour includes blind tasting of the miraculous healing waters, and an explanation of the activities on the nearby hill Tom Beith.
- Leader: Jane Geddes & Les Ellis
- Meet @ Tarland Square for car share ready to leave @ 13.45 hrs
- Please confirm your attendance by 1 June to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why tramp all over the place to find good rock outcrops when the Ice Age has brought a lovely selection of local specimens to our doorstep? On this trip we will walk to the Alastrean Quarry, a gravel pit beyond the Tarland golf course and see what we can learn from the excavated banks of sand and gravel there. Then we can look for the nearby paving stones which are all that remains of a ?medieval hall.
- Leader: Peter Craig
- Meet @ Tarland Square ready to set off (walking from the Square) @ 18.30hrs.
- Please confirm attendance by 13 July to: email@example.com
A unique visitor experience, allowing a hands on approach to the viewing of many exhibits from farm, shop and everyday life of the people of the North East
‘What a wonderful treasure trove of objects, memories and life stories of a past life still in living memory for many of us. Such a great deal of work has gone into gathering and displaying this vast collection; it should be valued and treasured by us all.’ Julia Birch
Alford & District Flower & Vegetable Show is also on that Saturday in the village hall 1400-1600hrs. Some may like to visit it.
- Leaders: Veronica Ross & Marion Miller
- Meet in Tarland Square for car share ready to leave @ 13.15hrs
- Please confirm your attendance by 11 August to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade A listed, Kildrummy Parish kirk was built in 1805 and shares its glacial mound with the ruins of the earlier parish church of St Bride; both are situated within a circular enclosure. In the kirkyard there are well over one hundred recumbent tombstones dating from the 16th century onwards. There are also a similar number of upright tombstones from the late 19th century.
The parish church of Glenbuchat, date unknown, but probably built at the same time as the manse in 1775, is supposed to stand on the foundations of an older church. The dedication or date of the older structure is not known but a stone inscribed 1629 is built into the W gable of the present church.
- Leader: Allan Hepburn
- Meet in Tarland Square for car share, ready to leave @ 13.15hrs
- Please confirm your attendance by 1 September to: email@example.com
Keep an eye on this web page or our Facebook page for details or any notifications of changes as they become available.