News - 2019
Bailies December Work Party Update On Saturday 7th December 2019 the Bailies Work Party volunteers were replacing a broken fence at the entrance to the Back o Bennachie car park.
Bailies Wildlife Group Asks for Sightings of Wooper Swans The wildlife group is asking for information about Wooper swans that have arrived in the Don Valley for the winter having left their breeding grounds in Iceland
Successful Event Launches New Book on Bennachie The latest volume by the Bennachie Landscapes Group, a joint venture between the Bailies of Bennachie and the University of Aberdeen, has been published.
Afternoon Tea Voucher Presented to Lucky New Bailie John McNally from Inverurie was presented with a voucher for Afternoon Tea after his name was pulled out of a draw of new members.
Autumn Fruits in the Kailyard Now in its second year the kitchen garden beside the excavated colony house, Shepherd's Lodge is producing autumn raspberries.
Bailies October Work Party Update On Saturday 5 October 2019 the Bailies Work Party volunteers were clearing self sown spruce, Lodgepole pine and larch from the Oxen Craig area.
Wildlife Group Visit On saturday 5th October the Wildlife Group visited the Ythan Estuary with John Wills
Membership Drive October 2019 The Bailies are having a promotion in October highlighting why people chose to be members.
Bailies September Work Party Update On Saturday 7th September the Bailies Work Party Volunteers were working on the Gordon Way from Heather Brig to Oxen Craig.
A Memorial Walk and Service Marks 80th Anniversary of Fatal Air Crash on Bennachie A moving and atmospheric service took place on Sunday 1st September 2019 at the memorial cairn near the peak of Oxen Craig on Bennachie.
Well Discovered at Druminnor Castle The excavations by the Bennachie Landscapes Fieldwork group at the historic Druminnor Castle has unearthed a well which was abandoned and in-filled c.1800.
Archaeological Dig Unearths Complicated Landscape A two month archaeological dig on the lower slopes of Bennachie comes to a close this week having proved that the area was lived in for hundreds of years. The Bennachie Landscapes Group, a joint project between the Bailies of Bennachie and the University of Aberdeen, has been excavating the area throughout July and August 2019.
Open Day at Dig on Monday 19 August 2019 There will an open day at the Bede House 2 dig on Monday 19th August. Colin Shepherd of the... read more.
Silent Auction The Bailies are holding a silent auction for a painting of Bennachie, kindly donated by the family of the late David Wright.
Air Crew Memorial Cairn Walk On Sunday 1st September 2019, a walk to the Air Crew Memorial Cairn will take place leaving at 1 pm from the Bennachie Visitors Centre . This walk is to remember the two RAF airmen who were the first allied casualties of World War 11 .
Bailies August Work Party Update On Saturday 3rd August the Bailies Work Party Volunteers were repairing an eroded section of the Gordon Way path at Heather Brig.
Bailies Calendar 2020 Now Available The Bailies of Bennachie 2020 Calendar has just been delivered and is now on sale and a big thank you to all photographers for the use of their photos. We hope you like it.
Progress Being Made on Dig The first few weeks of the dig off the turnpike track on Bennachie have shown promising finds. Walls of buildings have been uncovered and shards of pottery and glassware have been found. The dig is taking place throughout July and August, for more information...
Geology Tour for Wildlife Group On Saturday 22nd July members of Bailie's Wildlife Group went on a geology tour led by Peter Craig. They visited two quarries and found out more about the granite outcrops and the rocks that make up Bennachie.
Bosie Cash Handed to Charities Over £3800 was raised through entry fees and donations for the Bennachie Bosie on 23rd June when 400 people formed a ring around the peak to give the hill a hug. The money was divided between; Breast Cancer Care, The University of Aberdeen Development Trust and the Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team.
Bailies July Work Party Update On Saturday 7th July the Bailies Work Party volunteers were tidying up in and around the various Colony buildings.
Trees Cut Round Bede House Site The site of the Bede House which was discovered in summer 2018 now looks very different following tree felling in the area. The Bede house was commissioned by the owners of Pittodrie House and it is still on the estate now managed by MacDonald Pittodrie House Hotel.
Fruit Ripening in the Kailyard This summer fruit including gooseberries, currants and raspberries are growing in the Kailyard, the recreated kitchen garden next to the colony house, Shepherd's Lodge. The garden is being maintained by Bailies volunteers who are wondering how the colonists used their fruit and asking if they would have made cranachan?
Bede House Dig 2019 New excavation explores mysteries of historical settlement
Bennachie Bosie Success “Amazing experience”, “emotional”, “really special occasion” just some of the reactions from the 400 people who took part in the “give Bennachie a bosie” event organised by conservation charity the Bailies of Bennachie.
Bennachie’s Biggest Bosie Announced Be part of our charity Bennachie’s Biggest Bosie event on Sunday 23 June 2019 as we gather 400+ people together to form a complete human chain around the summit of Mither Tap and give Bennachie its biggest bosie ever!
Bailies Wildlife Group Update Saturday 6 April 2019 saw the Bailies Wildlife Group meeting to catch up on the last year and plan this year’s events.
Bailies Work Party Update On Saturday 6th April the Bailies Work Party Volunteers cut back the overgrowth at the Bennachie Centre car park entrance.
Bennachie Landscape Project Update Geophysics at Druminor being carried out by Alpha Geosurvey with the aid of a generous grant from the Castle Studies Trust.
Bailies AGM March 2019 Our AGM was well supported with approximately 45 people present.
Grant Awarded to Bennachie Landscapes Project for Geophysical Survey at Druminnor Castle A grant of £4020 has been awarded to Bennachie Landscapes Project to undertake a geophysical survey at Druminnor Castle.
Bailies Volunteers Kept Busy Repairing Two Dry Stone Dykes Saturday 9th March was the first Bailies work party of the year!
First Work Party of 2019! Saturday 9th March was the first Bailies work party of the year!