The Comply Heritage Path Project update

June 2022:

In the days before the Old Schoolhouse was closed in the 1960’s, The Comply was used for many years by children from the west side of Lumphanan to reach school. It is recognised as a Heritage Path by Scotways. Recent improvements include drainage and vegetation clearance, and future tasks include gates, fencing and fixing the footbridge.  You can read more about the project here and on our Projects page.


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Bartholomew Map 1934.

Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

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There is still work to be done but the Comply is a pleasure to walk again!   

We are grateful to all our volunteers, and to Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, ScotWays, Tesco and NESTRANS for helping to fund this project.                                                                                                          

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Oldtown track work party

May 2022:

What a difference some enthusiastic volunteers have made to the lovely Oldtown track! The broom is cleared and stone dykes repaired.

Thank you to the volunteers for giving up their morning for a very worthwhile cause!

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AGM - 18 May 2022

Our AGM took place  recently - the minutes and chairperson's report of our achievements can be found here.

A Traveller's Friend - read about local lady Maggie McGregor

April 2022: On the People and Places page you'll find our latest article.

Maggie McGregor was a well known lady throughout Deeside, being writer to the local auctioneer, selling livestock and rouping out the contents of farms. Read more here.


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The article was printed in the Cromar History Group Annual publication “Echoes from Cromar’s Past” 2003. It is reprinted with the Editor’s full permission. 

Do you remember your Skweel days? Growing up on a croft - Part 2 - is now available!

February 2022: On the People and Places page you'll find Part 2 of the story of the Paterson family who lived at Oldtown Croft near Lumphanan. Read about school days and early working life in the 1950's and 60's. Full of stories and photos.  See if you can you spot any familiar faces and places! 

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The Comply - exciting news!

January 2022: As you may have heard at our October 2021 Community Event, a new dawn beckons for the historic Comply track. We have secured funding from NESTRANS, ScotWays, Tesco Bags for Life, profits from the Open Garden Day held at three Lumphanan gardens, and our own contribution from the sale of t-shirts and jumpers (thanks to Marr Area Partnership). These grants and generous donations  will fund initial drainage and access improvements by an experienced local contractor, engaged to begin shortly. This Comply work is a key part of the exciting ongoing projects aimed at linking walking routes from Torphins through Lumphanan to Aboyne and Tarland. Volunteer input will be welcomed too so watch this space!

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Over the last few weeks there has been some initial clearance work undertaken. 

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Work party - The Comply - 11th June 2022

Volunteers please help!

We are planning our next work party 11 June The Comply  10am-12noon  We’ll be tackling nettles and soft, new vegetation so please bring gloves!  

Please let us know by email to:

or message us that you are coming.

Look forward to seeing you all there!



For up to date information see our Facebook page.

Can you help?

​We are always looking for new members to help with the group's projects and volunteers to help maintain our paths. If you want to contribute, please go to the get involved page for more information.


A new issue of our leaflet is ready to view and download - click on the image or visit the Lumphanan Walks page. The leaflet maps and describes some of the most well-used local walks. There's lots of information on the local history, landscapes and wildlife you can enjoy on our walks. Hard copiesare available at local shops and venues. 


We are grateful for the support of landowners, local photographers and from our funders - ScotWays and Paths for All.

Please be a considerate walker! Lumphanan walks pass through land supporting livestock and wildlife. As the weather (hopefully!) warms up, may we provide a reminder of walkers' responsibilities, including:

  • avoid disturbing livestock and wildlife

  • keep dogs under control at all times

  • clean up after your dog

  • close gates

  • take litter home

For more information click below:

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Find us on Facebook

​For all the latest updates, seasonal interest alerts (plants, wildlife, livestock), information on path conditions, and more!

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Support your local community - wear a Lumphanan Paths Group t-shirt or cosy jumper!

Thanks to a Marr Area Partnership grant from their IGS Fund, visual artist Vhairi Walker has created teeshirts and sweatshirts with our logo in her studio just outside of Banchory. Each logo is digitally cut using vegan friendly heat transfer vinyl then 'hand weeded' (individually close trimmed) and heat pressed. We are delighted with these and already plan to expand our range.  


Sweatshirts: £25   Sizes: S, M, L   (Navy)

Teeshirts: £15   Sizes: S, M, L, XL   (Light Blue)

Available by emailing .

All profits from sales will go towards our latest project. 


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