Estate Stories

Supporting Local Wildlife With Crathes Primary School
The donation of DIY bird feeders and seed brought the importance of supporting local wildlife during the winter period to life.
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Scottish Land & Estates Podcast – Part Two
We were delighted to welcome the Scottish Land & Estates team to Crathes to reflect on the history of Leys Estate and how we have marked our 700th anniversary.
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Part-time Vacancies At Inchmarlo Golf Centre
Part-time Golf Reception Assistant and Part-time Golf Range Operative.
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River Dee Opening Takes Place At Milton of Crathes
The ceremonial first cast on the River Dee was done by Tiggy Pettifer, Head of Fundraising for the Atlantic Salmon Trust and a keen fisherwoman, as she blessed the river with whisky from Burn O'Bennie Distillery.
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Scottish Land & Estates Podcast
We were delighted to welcome the Scottish Land & Estates team to Crathes to reflect on the history of Leys Estate and how we have marked our 700th anniversary.
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Christmas Tree Recycling At Hill Of Banchory
Leave your real Christmas Trees at the Hill of Banchory Energy Centre were we will recycle them for you.
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Duncan and Claire Reflect On A Year As Part Of Monitor Farm Scotland Programme
Being part for the initiative has given the couple the confidence to drive forward, using the experience of the management and community groups as well as networking and visiting other farms.
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Leys Group Presents Hill Of Banchory Primary School With Early Christmas Present
A donation of £450 was made following a Christmas Concert put on my Primary 2 pupils from the school.
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Crathes Primary School Forest School Expansion
Leys Estate team members joined with staff and pupils from Crathes Primary School to expand the school's existing forest school area in November.
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Banchory Primary School Visit To Hill of Banchory Energy Centre
Throughout November, pupils from Banchory Primary School have been learning how individuals and organisations use technologies to support sustainability and reduce the impact on our environment.
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Golfateers Do It Again For Breast Cancer Now
The ladies raised a fantastic £2,000 for the charity.
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Weather Warnings In Place As Aberdeenshire Braces For Storm Babet
The public is reminded to exercise caution around wooded areas and watercourses ahead of Storm Babet weather warnings.
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Leys Estate Recognised At Scottish Land & Estates Awards Ceremony
Scottish Land and Estate, Helping it happen awards, Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh.
Rural Business 2023 Winners Education Award 2023 Finalists in the Scottish Land & Estates Helping It Happen Awards.
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Marking King Charles III Coronation On Leys Estate
An oak tree was planted at Woodend at Crathes as part of the country's celebrations to mark the coronation.
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Colours Make A Splash At Milton Art Gallery
Aberdeen Artists Society brings Colours exhibition to Deeside for the first time.
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Banchory Business Centre Charity Coffee Morning
Leys Estate Group employees and Business Centre tenants and visitors raised cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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Celebrating 700 Years With The Local Community
We were delighted to be able to celebrate with members of the local community.
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Scottish Land & Estates Members Join Us At Woodend at Crathes
From derelict farm buildings on the edge of Banchory to Woodend at Crathes, a sustainable community.
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Sale Of Burnett Vintage & Collectables Returns For Second Year
The 2022 event raised more than £1,000 for Leys Charitable Trust.
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190 Clan Members Enjoy Week Of Celebrations In Deeside
Between 30th July and 6th August 2023, more than 190 members of Clan Burnett travelled to Deeside to experience a week of activities. 
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Vacancy – Part Time Ball Collector
This part time vacancy may suit students or active, retired individuals or anyone available to work at weekends.
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Leys Estate Nominated in Scottish Land & Estates’ Annual Awards
Helping It Happen Awards champion and support rural businesses that provide economic, social and environmental benefit to the countryside.
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Banchory Show Charity Raffle Winner Announced
Congratulations to Andy who still had his lucky ticket to hand!
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Gordon Corrins Returns To Milton Art Gallery
Visit Milton Art Gallery, Milton of Crathes between 28th July - 3rd September 2023 to view this exceptional exhibition.
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Vacancy – Accounts Assistant
This role has now been filled. Thank you to everyone for their interest.
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Leys Estate Attends The 201st Annual Banchory Show
Teams from across Leys Estate Group and members of the Burnett family spent time speaking with members of the public and sharing updates from across the Estate.
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Farewell And Thank You Jim
Jim Walker retired in July after 48 years working for Leys Estate and the Burnett family.
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Toptracer Range Technology Comes To Inchmarlo Golf Centre
Toptracer Range transforms your driving range experience.
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Vacancy – Part-time Golf Reception Assistant
Working flexible and varied hours to include weekends.
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Vacancy – Property Assistant
The vacancy has now been filled. Thank you to everyone for their interest.
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Deeside Rugby FC Strengthen Long-standing Relationship With French Club
Banchory-based Deeside RFC recently took 42 S2 and S3 boys, along with coaches and some parent volunteers to Martignas-Illac RFC near Bordeaux as part of an annual exchange.
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Event Assistants Required For Burnett Gathering
The positions have now been filled. Thank you to everyone for their interest.
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The Battle of Corrichie Returns To Aberdeenshire This August
The battle will be brought to life on Sunday, 6th August.
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Leys Estate Continues Partnership Working With Banchory Academy
As part of our Education Strategy, over the past 12 months we have strengthened links with Primary and Secondary Schools within the local community; including Banchory Academy.
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Acclaimed Artist Holds Talk At Milton Art Gallery
Secure your place for the event on 28th June 2023.
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Vacancy – Time-Served Painter
The position has now been filled. Thank you everyone for your interest in the role.
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Banchory Service Marks The Beginning Of A Year Of 700 Anniversary Celebrations
More than 100 people attended the event which celebrated the 700th anniversary of the Burnett family residing in the Crathes and Banchory area.
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Crathes Charity Horse & Dog Show Receives Fundraising Award
The show has raised over £9,000 across two events and returns on 11th June 2023.
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New Team Members At Inchmarlo Resort
Welcome to Susie and Megan
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Charity Breaks Ground On New Deeside Facility
The Seed Box has started work on a new base in Deeside which will help the charity to respond to a growing need for its vital support services in the north-east. Situated on Leys Estate, the additional facility will allow the charity to expand the work and activities it provides for the people it supports.
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DRFC Provides A Solid Start For Talented North-east Rugby Players
Local athletes take to the rugby field at representative level thanks to solid starts at Deeside Rugby Football Club.
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Banchory Business Centre Tenant Shortlisted For National Award
Founder-Director of Grace May People, Sasha Jaypalan.
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River Dee Fishing Season Opens For 2023
River Dee’s salmon fishing season was opened on 1st February by Dame Katherine Grainger and the renowned angling photographer and writer Matt Harris will perform the ceremonial first cast.
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Milton Art Gallery Opens Exhibition In Memory Of Special Friend
The exhibition runs from 20th January to 1st February 2023.
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Vacancy – Villa Administrator / Golf Receptionist
Positions now filled. Thank you to everyone for their interest.
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Hill Of Banchory Primary Bring Festive Cheer To Banchory Business Centre
The children helped to kick the festive season off with tinsel and mince pies galore.
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Christmas Tree Recycling At Hill Of Banchory
Our Leys Estate Elves will be happy to take your real trees for recycling.
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Leys Group Raises Vital Funds For Cash For Kids
Leys Group supported this year's Coats For Kids appeal through a return to employee fundraising.
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First Meeting Of 4-Year Agricultural Programme Held At Meikle Maldron
More than 60 individuals from the farming and livestock industry attended the first meeting of the initiative.
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Scottish Men’s Shed Association To Stay At Banchory Business Centre
SMSA will continue to be based at the Business Centre thanks to a new partnership with Bancon Homes.
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Scottish Land & Estates North East Regional Reception
Leys Estate Group was invited to take part in the event - "Engaging Our Communities" - in November 2022.
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The Three Golfateers Do It Again For Wear It Pink
The ladies raised £1,800 during a fundraising coffee morning and Texas Scramble event.
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Inchmarlo Golf Centre Set To Host Breast Cancer Now Coffee Morning
Taking place on Tuesday, 18th October from 10am, the event is open to everyone.
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Banchory Academy Careers Fair
Leys Estate Group attended the evening event for the first time.
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Leys Estate Helps Development Of Outdoor Classroom
The Estate has proudly supported the development of this important resource.
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Banchory Business Centre Meeting Room Connectivity
All rooms now feature TV conference facilities for additional connectivity.
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Woodend Sustainable Homes Launched
A rural space to grow, a space for adventure, a space to make your home.
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Crathes Dress Agency Marks Second Hand September With Charity Fashion Show
Tickets are available now for this special evening event.
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Vacancy – Accounts Payable Assistant
The position is now filled. Thank you for your interest.
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Charity Horse Show Raises More Than £4,000 For Equine Charity
The horse and dog show took place at the Milton Events Field for the second year in a row.
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It’s All About Greenpower At Crathes Primary School
Going through the required safety checks
We were delighted to play a small part in the Primary School's success at this year's competition by providing a safe area for the group to practice ahead of the day.
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Banchory Academy Pupils Benefit From Leys Estate Group Insights
The event showcased the important skills needed whether the students were looking towards further education or securing roles in the workplace.
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HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Marked On Leys Estate
More than 100 people joined together to mark the celebration in the heart of Leys Estate.
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Banchory Cricket Club Blossoming Thanks To Continued Support
Leys Group is now the proud shirt sponsor of both the junior and senior sections of the club.
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The Pilates Hut Launches New Therapy Programme For Long COVID Patients
The Pilates Hut is based at Inchmarlo Resort.
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Seasonal Vacancies At Inchmarlo Golf Centre
Positions now filled. Thank you for your interest.
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Scottish Woodlands Expands To Banchory Business Centre Office
Scottish Woodlands has added a Banchory office to its network of Scottish bases as part of a planned expansion.
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Keeping The Coaches Cosy At Deeside Rugby FC
Leys Estate Group has supported DRFC since it's move to Woodend at Crathes more than 20 years ago.
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Supporting Farmland Birds During The ‘Hungry Gap’
Special feeders have been installed across the Estate to help farmland birds during the winter and spring when food sources can often be low.
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Charity Moves To New Offices In Banchory Business Centre
Charity makes Banchory Business Centre home.
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Leys Group Cements Long-term Support Of Deeside Rugby Club
Banchory-based Leys Estate Group has cemented it long-term support of a local rugby club with a new sponsorship deal.
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Bumper Crop Of Christmas Trees For Recycling
More than 260 trees were left with us for recycling.
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Recycling Christmas Trees At Hill of Banchory
Christmas Tree Recycling at Leys Estate
Leave your real trees at Hill of Banchory Energy Centre for our Estate Elves to recycle.
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Leys Group Turns Miles Into Money For Charity
Employees from across Leys Group clocked up the miles during October raising thousands for charity.
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Christmas Shopping At Milton of Crathes
Shop local at Milton of Crathes this Christmas.
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Leys Estate Brings Outdoor Learning To Crathes Primary School
Mhairi and Craig brought cover crops, soil carbon sequestration, hedgerows and biodiversity to life.
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Warnings Ahead Of Storm Barra
Please do not enter woodlands on Leys Estate or the Hill of Banchory due to safety concerns following Storm Arwen.
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Dress Agency Takes Last Remaining Unit At Milton of Crathes
Livi Loves specialises in preowned vintage and designer fashion for men and women.
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Banchory Business Centre Supports Mission Christmas
You can leave your new, unwrapped gifts at Banchory Business Centre.
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Leys Group Supports Clan’s Banchory Support Centre
Leys Group donated equipment which will be used by the charity at community events.
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Inchmarlo Golf Centre Winter Membership
£50 credit towards a new adult or senior 2022 membership.
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The Three Golfateers Raise Over £1,000 For Breast Cancer Now
The group got together to mark the last competition in the 2021 ladies section while raising funds for Breast Cancer Now.
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Livi Loves Dress Agency Joins Milton of Crathes Complex
The shop will open its doors for the first time on Friday, 22nd October.
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Wild Cat Exhibition Pounces At Milton Art Gallery
Fur will be flying at Milton Art Gallery throughout October.
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Couple Enjoy New Venture With First Physical Shop At Milton of Crathes
Simon and Jen White have joined the Milton of Crathes Complex.
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Timber Stacks At Hill of Banchory
Youngsters are reminded of the potential dangers of playing around or climbing on timber stacks.
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Leys Estate And Etiom Join Forces To Support The Third Sector Through Monthly Market
The monthly market returns on Sunday, 5th September at Milton of Crathes.
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HRH The Princess Royal Opens DRFC Clubhouse
Representatives from Leys Estate were among members, trustees, funders and supporters of Deeside Rugby Football Club invited to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to the club’s new Clubhouse at Woodend at Crathes.
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The Conscious Market Comes To Milton of Crathes
Sunday, 29th August between 11am - 4pm. Entry is free.
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Banchory Business Centre Welcomes Latest Tenant
Burnett & Reid LLP has joined the growing network of tenants at the Business Centre.
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North-east Farm Women’s Association Estate Visit
The group enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of Leys Estate, including the Hill of Banchory Energy Centre and Woodend at Crathes.
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Eileen Steps Out To Raise Funds For Dementia Charity
Leys Group matched Eileen's fundraising which meant she smashed the £1,000 mark!
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Banchory Cricket Club Enjoys Successful Start To New Season
Banchory Cricket Club is looking ahead to a positive 2021 with a new shirt sponsor.
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Crathes Horse Show Raises Thousands For Equine Grass Sickness Fund
The show attracted over 170 entries from across north-east Scotland.
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Banchory Business Looks Forward To Hitting The Right Note
Studio-Dee offers music, vocal tuition and photography services in the heart of Banchory.
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Pop-Up Shops Flourish At Milton of Crathes
A diverse range of individuals and enterprises have enjoyed being a part of The Steading during April and May.
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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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