Estate Stories

Walk This May At Banchory Business Centre
Walking Meetings have been popular for some time, particularly in America where the weather can be more encouraging than in Scotland!
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Willow Harvesting On Leys Estate
Leys Estate is home to 30 hectares of established willow, quite an imposing sight to see amid the Deeside countryside.
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Banchory Violin Trail Brings Crathes Castle Painted Ceilings To Life
Visit Roselyne O'Neill's creation at Milton Art Gallery until the end of September.
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The Steading Pop-Up Welcomes Enterprises Back
Pop-ups will be welcomed back at Milton of Crathes from Friday, 30th April.
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Milton Art Gallery Looks Forward To Reopening Its Doors
The Gallery reopens to the public on 27th April.
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Scottish Prints To Raise Funds For River Dee Trust
Profits from the sale of Deeside Quartet, painted by noted Aberdeen artist Chris Sharp, will be donated to River Dee Trust.
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New Monthly Market For Milton of Crathes Events Field
Affa Fine Markets will be held on the first Sunday of each month.
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Public Reminded About The Dangers Of Fire
The warnings follow a number of worrying incidences in the Hill of Banchory area.
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Vacancy – Part-time Villa Administrator
This position is now filled. Thank you to everyone who got in touch.
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Inchmarlo Golf Centre 2021 Membership Now Available!
No Joining Fees!
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Vacancy – Inchmarlo Golf Centre
Join the centre's dedicated team for the summer 2021 season.
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Leys Estate Links Up With Brothers To Bring Fresh Approach To Fishing
TwinPeakes Fly Fishing, in partnership with LOOP Tackle UK, will take on the management of Leys Estate’s Crathes Castle beat on the edge of Banchory from 2021.
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Leys Estate Delivers Christmas Surprise To Tenants
Members of staff delivered two-course Christmas meals to a number of residential tenants in the run up to Christmas.
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Local Men Bring 18th Century Crathes Castle To Life
Local residents create model of 18th Century Crathes Castle.
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Vacancy – Estate Handyperson
Applications are now closed for this position. Due to the current lockdown the recruitment process is currently on hold. We will be in touch with those who applied when restrictions ease.
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Leys Estate Supports River Don Repair Project
Supporting the Don District Salmon Fishery Board.
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Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society Heads West
The #HeadingWest project is making great progress.
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Pop-Up Shop Launches at Milton of Crathes
Milton of Crathes complex
Bookings now being taken for October - December 2020
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Banchory Business Centre welcomes Optimum Physio
Welcome to Banchory Business Centre Fiona!
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An Afternoon With Artist Angela Davidson
Join us on Sunday, 6th September.
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Inchmarlo Golf Centre Vacancy – Casual Labourer
This vacancy has now been filled. Thank you for your interest.
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Milton Art Gallery Is Open For Business
Following its temporary closure, the art gallery is reopening in line with the latest Scottish Government guidelines.
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Banchory Business Centre Partially Reopens Following Scottish Government Lockdown
Banchory Business Centre
From Wednesday, 15th July 2020 for hairdressers and beauticians.
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Vacancy – Summer Estate Worker
This position is now filled, thank you to everyone for their interest.
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North-east Steam Railway Reaches Funding Goal
The Going West appeal will see the the society expand its line to run into Banchory.
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Inchmarlo Golf Centre Enjoys A Successful Restart Of Golf In Scotland
Inchmarlo Golf Centre has welcomed a steady flow of members and visitors back to the centre following the easing of lockdown measures.
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Supporting Community Organisations During COVID-19
Leys Estate is a long-term supporter of local community and sporting groups, assisting their expansion in many different ways.
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Golf Returns To The North-East
The Queen's Course and driving range will be open to members and visitors from Friday, 29th May 2020.
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Crathes Castle Fishing Update
We are delighted to reopen for bookings from Friday, 29th May 2020.
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Bancon Homes Aspire Development Shortlisted For Award
Scottish Home Awards 2020.
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Pancake Day Raises Funds For UCAN
Pancake Day in aid of UCAN.
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Distillery Donates 4,000 Units Of Hand Sanitiser To Local Community
Distillery helps to address a local shortage of hand sanitiser.
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Banchory Academy Outdoor Learning Programme
Leys Estate is delighted to support this initiative to create an outdoor learning space.
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University Of Aberdeen Students Visit Biomass Unit
The Leys Estate warmly welcomed students from Aberdeen University to the Hill of Banchory biomass unit as part of their MSc Oil & Gas studies.
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Leys Group Delivers Donations To Forget-Me-Not Club
Employees collected gifts to be used in the charity's raffles throughout 2020.
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Retail Support Scheme Launch Meeting
Join the open meeting on 22nd January at Banchory West Parish Church.
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Duchess of Rothesay Officially Opens Banchory Sports Village
Representatives from North Banchory Company were among those welcoming the Duchess to Banchory.
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Inchmarlo Resort Special Offer
2020 Fishers special offer is available now.
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Banchory Business Association Networking Event
The next meeting will take place on 11th February.
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Inchmarlo Golf Centre Membership Offer
Promotional membership rates now available for 2020/2021.
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Learn New Skills At Milton Art Gallery’s Latest Workshops
Learn a new skill this Christmas and New Year.
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Inchmarlo Golf Centre Awards Evening
2019 presentation of annual club awards.
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Winter Exhibition Launched At Milton Art Gallery
A wide range of Christmas gifts are also available at the gallery.
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Christmas Cheer And Seasonal Songs At Bancon Homes
Local Primary Schools will be bringing some festive cheer to Bancon developments in December.
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Leys Group Donates Five Figure Sum To CLAN Cancer Support
A fundraising hill walk was held in September raising more than £14,000.
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Cash for Kids 2019 Mission Christmas
Leys Group is delighted to support the 2019 appeal.
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Milton Makers Returns To Milton of Crathes
16th - 17th November 2019 at Milton of Crathes.
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Leys Estate Visits Crathes Primary For Special Project
Ken Smith and Brian Sim share their experiences of working on Leys Estate.
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New Book Brings The Secrets Of Crathes Castle Ceilings To Life
Uncover the people who have shaped the historic castle through analysing its painted ceilings, which are recognised as some of the finest surviving in Scotland.
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Feathers & Fur At Milton Art Gallery
The exhibition runs until 10th November 2019.
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Banchory Business Association Meeting
Free to attend and everyone is welcome.
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Banchory Bangle Raffle On Sale At Milton Art Gallery
The draw will be made in December at Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar.
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Banchory Business Association
David Smart gives an insight into Leys Estate Group at September meeting.
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Leys Estate Group Features In Land Business
Open communication is key between the estate and the businesses it supports.
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Scottish Artist Hosts Talks At Milton Art Gallery
Jonathan Wheeler will be telling us what inspires his work at a series of talks.
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The Barn Celebrates 25 Years
Celebrate 25 years of the Barn with a unique sound and light experience at Crathes Castle in September.
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Milton Makers 2019
Join us on 16th & 17th November at Milton of Crathes.
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Loch of Leys Recovery And Restoration Project
The Loch of Leys lies to the north of Banchory and is currently designated as a Site of Interest to Natural Science by Aberdeenshire Council.
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Banchory Show Competition Winners Announced
The winners identified day to day activities, sectors and landmarks which feature in the Leys Estate head.
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Banchory Show 2019
The Leys Estate Group attended the show to engage with the local community and raise awareness of the part it plays in the local area.
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New Drone Training Academy Makes Deeside Its Home
A specialist training company has been established in Deeside in response to a growing need for its services throughout Scotland.
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Deeside Rugby Club Seeks Council Support For New Facility
DRFC is currently trying to get its dream of our very own clubhouse over the line.
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Leys Group Raises More Than £12,000 For Forget Me Not Club
Generous employees of Leys Group, which includes The Bancon Group, Leys Estate and North Banchory Company, have presented a Deeside-based charity with a five-figure sum following a year of fundraising.
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Popular Artist To Host Book Launch At Milton Art Gallery
The meet the artist events will be taking place at Milton Art Gallery at Milton of Crathes near Banchory on 12th and 20th July between 2pm – 4pm. Kanita is also displaying her ‘Homage to Harris’ exhibition at the gallery from 12th July – 8th September.
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The Salt Sanctuary Prepares For Open Weekend
The Salt Sanctuary will be holding a special open weekend on 6th and 7th July when customers can enjoy free 15 minute taster sessions, purchase special offers and enjoy complementary refreshments.
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Crathes Primary School Opens New Trim Trail For Pupils
The local community pulled together to create the Trim Trail including support from the Leys Estate, Mr & Mrs Bert McIntosh, Aberdeenshire Council and Mid Hill Wind Farm Community Fund.
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Torphins Scouts Learn About The Work Of Leys Estate
The Leys Estate is committed to ensuring future generations have access to, and awareness of the countryside around them.
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Opening Date Confirmed For Banchory Sports Village
The facility will be fully open to the public on 20th August 2019.
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Scotland’s Best Golf Experience Awards
The 2019 awards are now open for nominations.
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New Banchory Coat Of Arms Unveiled
The new coat of arms was unveiled in Banchory at the end of May.
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Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference
David Smart and Grace Noble of Aberdeenshire Highland Beef were invited to speak at the Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference in Edinburgh.
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Deeside Rugby Club Welcomes Martignas Team
The French under 14s team spent a weekend in Deeside May 2019.
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The Salt Sanctuary Opens At Milton of Crathes
We are delighted to welcome the north-east’s only salt therapy rooms to Milton at Crathes.
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The Barn Creative Kids Camps
July and August camps full of music, art, crafts and dance.
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Grace Noble
Grace Noble and her business has grown from strength to strength on the Leys estate.
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2019 Fishing Season
It’s has been a fantastic start to the 2019 fishing season.
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Banchory Sports Village
Work is well underway with completion set for summer 2019.
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Development Of Woodend Area
From a small farm to one of the most successful community art centres in Scotland and beyond.
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James Forbes
James Forbes started working for the estate as a 16 year old straight from school in 1968.
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Cash for Kids Clothing Box
A dedicated clothing bank is now at Banchory Business Centre for your donations.
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Milton Art Gallery
Scottish Potters Exhibition - 12th-19th May 2019.
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St Ternan Football Club
Banchory St Ternan have been were crowned the North Region Junior McBookie.com First Division Champions!
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Buchanans Bistro
Buchanan Bistro - more than just a restaurant.
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Deeside Rugby Club
The Leys Estate Group is proud to support the Deeside Rugby Club.
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