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More stories from Lumphanan's past

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Following on from our article about crofts on Stot Hill (see the People and Places page)  George Lawrie reminisces about his childhood at Cairn Mude croft in the early to mid 20th Century.

This once busy place is now hidden amongst modern forestry, but sit quietly amongst the ruins and you can visualise the bustle of 14 people living in a tiny farm house, toiling away on the land and making ends meet.

Read his story here

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Church path 

July 2023

On Sunday 20th July the Church path has enjoyed a good haircut along the edges so widening the path! Jocky Ritchies’ seat has also emerged from the beech hedge. The goodly band of volunteers have cut and raked at the bracken!

Thank you to everyone who turned up to help!

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Support your local paths group! Greeting cards, post cards and book marks on sale now!

June 2023

Fundraising initiative: Help support your local paths group with their ongoing efforts to maintain our lovely network of tracks around the village.

At our fundraising Quiz Night at Deeside Activity Park in May we launched a collection of greeting cards, post cards and a bookmark showing scenes of our beautiful local area. 

Buy them from Lumphanan shop, Meet Again Tea Shop and Style & Grace hairdresser, and Norvite in Deeside Activity Park.

Cards: £2.50 each or five for £10.00.

Post cards: £1.50

Bookmark: £1.00

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The strangled trees of Dess have been freed!

March 2023: Lumphanan Paths Group members and some volunteers have removed all the neglected, over tight tree tubes from the young trees along the Deeside Way heading west from Dess to Aboyne. Thanks to all those who helped!

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History on a Highway - illustrated talk:

7.30pm,  9 March 2023, MacRobert Hall, Tarland

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Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

Drama and history from the hill tracks around Lumphanan!

What part has Lumphanan played in the story of Scotland and what about fascinating tales of ordinary folk of the parish?

Kings, travelling folk, and kidnappers, they are all there !

More details here:


Lumphanan Paths Group AGM coming up!

Join us on Wednesday 17th April, 7.30pm at the Lumphanan Church Hall. Hear about the Group's achievements and future aims. Tea and coffee available.

Coming soon -  a date for your diary - Friday 3rd May, 7.30 pm at Lumphanan Village Hall.

Learn about Lumphanan's role in the story of Scotland at Ann Raeburn's illustrated talk 'History on a Highway'. Click on the poster below for more details!

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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.

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

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

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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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