Bailies of Bennachie
Registered Charity SCIO SC047231

Caring for Bennachie and it's Landscape


The Bailies of Bennachie is a voluntary conservation society (SC047231) whose objectives are to encourage and stimulate the public’s interest of Bennachie. The Bailies work involves helping to maintain footpaths and rights of way and enhance people’s enjoyment  and understanding of Bennachie, by promoting its geology, literature, ballads, poetry, art and music through publications and events. The Bailies also undertake  archaeological investigations and record wildlife seen on the hill. 

Please look at our Bennachie Landscapes Project to see what we are doing and please get involved as we are always looking for help and support!

Our Committee meetings are usually held at the Bennachie Centre on the last Monday of each month. Let us know if you have any matters that you wish us to consider or if you wish to see our minutes.

As a registered charity you can help continue and support the valuable work of the Bailies for a Life membership Fee of £10 ( see membership page), or Volunteer your help or Donate to ongoing projects.

The Bailies have ongoing projects including Bennachie Landscapes Project and monthly work parties start in March (see Volunteering). We have  many interesting Events, see Events Calendar for details.

Bailies of Bennachie Activities for 2017

2017 The Bailies of Bennachie in partnership with: Bennachie Landscapes Project Members, Aberdeen University and Smart History

supported by:  Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service and Forestry Commision Scotland  have been sucessful in several grant applications:

Please support us and get involved




Bennachie: Understand stones, hear the stories and relive the past




Peoples Postcode Lottery

Inspired by both the work and dedication of  James MacKay MBE who both recorded and enjoyed wildlife on Bennachie we applied for this grant.



Creative Histories,  With partners we will be involved in a Colony drama in September on the hill.


Monthly Workparties

We will continue our monthly workparties working on the hill, ie: upkeeping the paths, tree planting, clearing round the Colony houses, pruning the willow etc.


Trustee Meetings

The Bailies of Bennachie Trustees hold meetings every 6 weeks, if you have an item you would like put on the agenda please email

WAPA are a group of concerned residents that foresee the damage that SSE plans to construct super pylons will cause to unspoiled West Aberdeenshire. Our initial focus is the Huntly to Kintore area. We encourage everyone of similar mind to object personally to their MSP, MP and anyone else who may be able to influence SSE to think again.


Save Bennachie Alliance is working to protect and defend Bennachie and its surrounding area from the A96 dual carriageway.
We want to engage with all stakeholders to ensure that they understand the local concerns about the environmental and human impact of each route and highlight the benefits of the alternative routes.




2017/17 Committee
  • Senior Bailie (Chairperson): J. Cumberbirch
  • Vice Chair: Ann Baillie
  • Treasurer: Brian Cornock
  • Minute Secretary: Rosemary Sievewright 
  • Membership Secretary: Donna Taylor
  • Publications: Ann Baillie
  • Web master: Donna Taylor
  • Work Party Coordinators: Harry Leil and Mick Taylor
  • Committee Members: Jill Matthews, Angela Groat, Sue Taylor, Andy Wainwright, Iain Ralston,