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!




Our next trip will be:

Thursday 18 July 2019  18.30hrs  A look at some local stones – some geological, some archaeological

 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:


Saturday 17 August 2019 1400hrs     Alford Heritage Museum

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:


Sunday 8 September 2019 1400hrs    An Exploration of Kildrummy & Glenbuchat Kirks

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:


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