Bailies News


Dogs on Bennachie

Dogs and their responsible owners are always welcome on Bennachie! Please remember that there are no dog bins on the hill so if your dog does foul on a trail please” flick with a stick” into the woods for the slugs to eat! If you normally put your dog mess in a plastic bag (note plastic bag can take up to 70 years to rot down!) please take this bag home as there is no one on Bennachie employed to pick up these bags!


End of Summer 2009

Forestry Commission Scotland has now finished most of the trail work on Bennachie. By the end of this summer they will have re waymarked some of the trails, produce a new leaflet and will have erected new orientation and interpretation boards at the 4 car parks on Bennachie.
Bailies Council 2008/9


Refurbished Bennachie centre

Other organisations involved with the refurbishment were Aberdeenshire Council, The Bennachie Centre Trust and the Forestry Commission.

The Bailies were involved with fundraising and contributed £25,000 towards the refurbishment, which was a major factor in obtaining Heritage Lottery Funding.

The centre was opened on 25th July 2006 when Mr Angus Farquharson, Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire (The Queen's representative) officially unveiled a commemorative plaque.

New audiovisual material has been installed, also improved facilities for educational groups. The displays are family friendly, appealing to and engaging children, as well as giving greater depth of information to adults enhancing the overall visitor experience with hands on activities. A small wildlife hide with an external feeder and a bird box camera encourages visitors to become "A Wildlife Detective" A cut-away kitchen display explains the role that trees play in everyday life and why forestry is so important.

Several local supporters of Bennachie featured in the displays telling of their involvement with the hill and it's heritage.

The important Bailies of Bennachie library of books and other documents associated with the area is retained for local research purposes. There is now a popular tea and coffee making machine at the centre. Further improvements planned for 2008 include enhancing the entrance and, internally, improved lighting, additional displays and refurbishing the Bailies room with new furniture and a visual display unit. 

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