THURSDAY 08:30 – 12:30
GROUP 1 – CARMYLLIE, EAST HAVEN & MONIKIE
Take in a guided walk through historic Carmyllie, also a high-tech magical walk through a computer generated parallel universe at Dragon Matrix, before moving on to a tour of Denfind Stone, producers of quality sandstone products.
Please note sturdy footwear and waterproofs will be required for this visit. There are also some accessibility issues at the Dragon Matrix as it is located within a country park. A lot of the event subjects are set up in woodland trails which access is not so easily gained.
People of the Carmyllie
Carmyllie was a land locked Parish, approx. 4 miles by three miles. In the past most of the inhabitants were self-sufficient, being five miles from the nearest town. In the 19th century the population grew to 1,800, due to the quarry industry, famous principally for pavement stones. A single track railway was built in 1855 to service the quarries but was also advantageous to the community, bringing coal, fertiliser and agricultural goods.
There were two churches, the West (free church) and the Parish church and two schools, one at Greystone village and other at Redford. Now the Parish Church and the school at Redford remain.
The Parish Church dates back to 1609 and the same building stands today. It is well worth a visit and one attraction are three stained glass windows created by the famous Stephen Adam, Glasgow. Two of the windows are dedicated to Rev Patrick Bell, one being the inventor of the reaping machine and the other as minister at Carmyllie church. The graveyard contains many decorative stones including Patrick Bell’s and Lietenant-Colonel John Ouchterlony, Laird of Guynd estate.
At Carmyllie Community hall there is a cairn built by the Carmyllie Heritage Society with plaques depicting the history of the parish. Within the vicinity, the War Memorial is of interest with a creative memorial seat.
This project is a joint venture between ANGUSalive and Vision Mechanics.
In what was the first ever event in Scotland to combine Augmented Reality technology with live theatre, DragonQuest was a spectacular and stunning show which attracted a staggering 5,000 visitors. They lit up 20 Autumnal evenings with 3D fairies, trolls, goblins, hovering flies and, of course, the breath-taking dragon itself, and wowed audiences with some truly mesmerising live theatre.
This amazing Augmented Reality performance will lead you to a parallel universe where talking, magical creatures will help you find the six missing dragon stones. It’s still a quest, but like a matrix, it’s also a computer generated dream world. At Dragon Matrix, you’d be wise to avoid the path of spiders and resist the temptation to talk to the trolls.
As they work on the intricacies of this fantastical show, be sure of one thing. A high-tech world in the woods awaits…
Dragon Matrix will take place from 5-31 October 2016. The Dragon Matrix app will be released in app stores shortly before the event.
DragonQuest evolved from an original idea by Symon Macintyre, Vision Mechanics’ Artistic Director and was made possible through the support of ANGUSalive, EventScotland and The Space.
Denfind Stone is a family run company founded in 2004, following the reopening of the Pitairlie Quarry, which had lain dormant for almost a century, having previously been at the heart of the Angus sandstone industry. Over the last ten years, Denfind Stone has developed a range of quality sandstone products which include:
- Guillotine Stone for internal & external cladding,
- Flagstones for internal and external use
- Dyking Stone and a variety of coping stones
They work closely with many clients, their architects and builders to ensure the most appropriate products are sourced to maximise the cost effectiveness and finished look of the project and are involved in a wide range of projects from dry stone dykes and garden projects to residential developments and large commercial developments such as Inverness University Campus and the new Craigdon Mountain Sports Headquarters in Edinburgh. Their stone has also been used in many award winning projects including the Lindisfarne Visitors Centre, The Morris Building at the St Andrews Links and the Hillcrest Housing Group Office in Dundee.
GROUP 2 – OGILVY VODKA & HIDEAWAY EXPERIENCE
Starting off with a tour of the Ogilvy Scottish Potato Vodka Distillery (which may include one or two tasters), followed by a tour of the Hideaway Experience at Belkello farm in the Sidlaw Hills.
Please note that sturdy footwear and waterproofs are required as it can get muddy. Push wheelchairs will not be able to access the Distillery.
Ogilvy Vodka Distillery
Ogilvy Scottish Potato Vodka is produced in the heart of Angus at Hatton of Ogilvy Farm. It has been tended by the Jarron family for four generations, which is now producing award winning single estate premium vodka. Based on a ground to glass ideology, everything is undertaken on the farm to form a small-batch local liquor of international quality.
Smooth, sweet and delicious served just neat over ice, their small batch vodka made with Maris Piper potatoes is something to savour. Simply garnish with a slice of ripe pear!
Belkello farm stretches to the highest point in the Sidlaw Hills where their cattle and sheep are free to roam across acres of green grass. We have Aberdeen Angus and also “Blackie Baldies” which are a cross between Aberdeen Angus and Hereford and are hardy beasts staying outside for much of the year. Their beef is quality assured Scotch Beef, known the world over as Scotland’s best-known food. Their flock of ewes lamb each year in March and April, producing quality assured Scotch Lamb. Belkello farm grows high quality malting barley in the lower fields, which is used to make Scotch whisky, and the wheat grown is sold for making gin and biscuits. They also rent fields to other farmers to grow potatoes and fresh peas. People have farmed the fertile fields of Angus for millennia including Ross’ family who have farmed in the Sidlaws for four generations. And keeping guard over the farm still today is the ancient Dragon Stone of the Picts. Ask us about the legend and the ballad.
So it was here at Balkello, surrounded by fields and hills, with views to the River Tay five miles away and protected by a Pictish Dragon that we created our first Hideaway Experience, which opened to take in couples in 2005.
Caroline won a Nuffield Farming scholarship in 2012 and travelled to ten countries looking at farm tourism, known as agritourism, for sixteen weeks. This international research inspired Caroline to lead the development of agritourism in Scotland and to develop a luxury agritourism experience at the farm, so guests can enjoy the best farm and local farm produce as part of their stay.
GROUP 3 – MURTON TRUST AND ABERLEMNO HALL COMMITTEE
This visit starts off with a tour of the home of the Murton Trust, a thriving nature reserve & visitor farm near Forfar, before moving on to Aberlemno for a museum tour and visit to the Pictish Aberlemno stones.
Sturdy, comfortable footwear and waterproofs are required for this visit.
They manage a thriving nature reserve, visitor farm and tea room, providing opportunities for young people (aged 14-19) who are disengaged from formal education, to gain meaningful vocational qualifications and work experience in hospitality and land based skills.
The land on which Murton Trust is situated was once a working farm named Murton. In the 1960’s the Trust’s original founders purchased the farm and then in the 1980’s Aggregate Industries approached the owners about the possibility of quarrying at Murton. As part of the deal which led to 12 years of sand and gravel extraction it was agreed that the site would be restored to the highest environmental standard.
In 2001 Murton Trust was established and worked in partnership with Aggregate Industries to ensure the land was given the best opportunity to evolve into a reserve where nature not merely survives but thrives. The nature reserve was opened to the public in 2006, with work still continuing to enhance the environment and biodiversity. In 2011 the visitor farm was opened to further enhance training opportunities for the students here at Murton. The tea room also opened in 2011 providing a range of homemade cakes, soups and sandwiches.
Aberlemno Hall Committee
The Aberlemno Hall Committee would be delighted to welcome visitors, arrange access to the mini museum within the hall and would try to provide an expert guide from the Pictish Arts Society to inform our visitors.
Arrangements can be made to suit the times of the Parliament, we will contact HES to ensure the stones remain uncovered and can provide refreshments (Contract or for sale – tea, coffee etc) if wished.
Aberlemno is an experience delegates will remember as uniquely Angus.
GROUP 4 – MONTROSE BASIN AND LINKS PARK COMMUNITY TRUST
Take in a visit to the Montrose Basin, a bird haven situated in the heart of Angus, followed by a wildlife walk, before moving on to Links Park for an insight to the health & sport innovative work carried out by the Links Park Community Trust.
Sturdy footwear and waterproofs are required. There is no disabled access to the theatre room on the second part of this visit.
Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve
The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s vision is that we need a network of healthy, resilient ecosystems supporting expanding communities of native species across large areas of Scotland’s land, water and seas. This can be achieved through:
- Protecting valuable habitats from further loss
- Restoring and enhancing degraded habitats
- Promoting large-scale, wildlife-rich landscapes
- Inspiring and engaging people in wildlife and conservation
Montrose Basin is a bird haven situated in the heart of Angus on the edge of a tidal estuary, the Basin is of international importance for over 50,000 migratory birds each year. Visit for: pink-footed geese, terns, eider ducks and seals.
Links Park Community Trust
Links Park Community Trust was established in 2011 with one very simple goal; to utilise the power and widespread appeal of sport to inspire change. The Community Trust are developing and delivering an extensive range of innovative sporting, healthy and educational programmes, each of which are designed to meet identified local need. They consistently liaise with local partners in community sport, community education, community health and community safety to ensure that their programmes are aligned so as to meet local identified need.
SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER 11:00 – 17:00
Public booking here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/srp16satvisits
GROUP 1 – BRECHIN CITY WALKABOUT
Walking tour discovering the history and stories of Brechin, along with visits to various local projects, monuments & buildings including City Hall, Caledonian Railway and more.
As a walking tour the visit will require a moderate level of fitness and mobility. Please come prepared with sturdy comfortable footwear and waterproofs.
Brechin City Walkabout
This visit includes a walkabout the town discovering the history and stories of Brechin. Individuals would be free to leave the walk at any time. Some highlights of the tour include a meeting in Brechin Town House Museum with an introductory presentation with illustrations from past and present Brechin. This would be followed by a walk and talk to Brechin Cathedral/Round Tower for a tour inside the church. The walk will then continue down the High Street passing the birthplace of R.Watson Watt and then down Bridge Street to the Inch of Brechin (Meikle Mill, Paper Mill) and along River Street to the flood prevention scheme and South Esk. Then continue past the site of Valentines’s farm and up Southesk Street passing through what has been the town’s public grazing area before the textile factories and the railway station. The visit will then stop for a few minutes at the statue of R.W. W before continuing to the North Port Distillery. Thereafter to Brechin City Hall before returning to the museum.
Brechin Community Cinema has been in existence since April 2015. It was established with a few to provide the community of Brechin with an accessible and affordable cinema experiences whilst also supporting the City Hall, which at the time was under threat of closure. The cinema is not for profit and run by a small committee who supported by a group of volunteers screen films on a monthly basis. They currently screen films that are new and main stream to ensure they have the audience numbers to justify operating the cinema. they have added value to the experience by have characters attend (minions, storm troopers, Cinderella etc.), They have had special events around Valentine’s Day and speakers who have spoke a little about the film subject matter before screenings. The cinema is a not for profit group that works in partnership with local business’s and Film Mobile Scotland to ensure they keep developing and exploring further opportunities. Indeed their next step is to seek funding to purchase their own equipment that will allow us have more flexibility and move into other events. This development will hopefully provide further footfall to the City Hall whilst giving the cinema longevity in moving forward.
The Caledonian Railway (Brechin) Ltd is a private limited company formed by a group of steam railway enthusiasts, the Brechin Railway Preservation Society, with the object of operating a railway service on the former Caledonian Railway line between Brechin and Montrose, Angus, Scotland.
Participants will have access to the Station Buildings and a representative will talk through the history of the railway and resulting local benefits.
- Indoor Skating Proposal
- City Hall
GROUP 2 – KIRRIEMUIR
Take in a visit to the DD8 Music project in Kirriemuir, a group setup to providing dedicated access to musical activities, including operating a recording and rehearsal studio for aspiring musicians. This will then be followed by other Kirriemuir project visits such as Community Pub, Kirrimuir Hill Camera Obscura project, Community Allotment Association and Conservations Area Regeneration Scheme.
Remember your comfortable footwear and waterproofs. Wheelchair users needs to be aware that DD8 Studio has a set of steps at the front.
DD8 Music Project
DD8 Music is a not for profit community group that was set up by a group of young musicians in the town of Kirriemuir in 2005. The group is dedicated to providing access to musical activities to the people of Kirriemuir and surrounding area.
DD8 Music operates a recording and rehearsal studio in Kirriemuir. The facility is available for anyone in the community to use, and is also the base for the youth work the group carry out in the town. From the studio they currently offer 4 free music drop in sessions each week. DD8 also support other local groups by helping them put on live events, covering everything from school discos to gala days.
As well as their youth work the group also organises several music festivals throughout the year, including the annual “Bonfest” rock festival. The festival in honour of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott just celebrated it’s 10th anniversary, and saw over 4,000 rock fans from all over the world visit Kirriemuir to see the unveiling of a life sized bronze statute of the rocker. The statue was funded by a three year campaign that was run by DD8 Music.
Kirriemuir Regeneration Group - Community Pub and the Kirriemuir Hill Camera Obscura project
The Kirriemuir Regeneration Group was formed in April 2015 with the main aim of keeping Kirriemuir’s Camera Obscura open after it was discovered that the National Trust for Scotland had decided not to continue operating it as a major tourist attraction in Angus.
Working closely with Angus Council and within 6 weeks of becoming a constituted group, they were able to open the Camera Obscura together with a small pool of volunteers. At this time they also negotiated taking over the contract for the running of the public toilets attached to the Obscura pavilion. They remained open every day from 7th June 2015 till the end October ’15. During this time they were overwhelmed by the support given to them by the local community and visitors to the town. They also achieved visitor numbers of just over 3000 compared to on average 1200 in previous years.
They were a group of forward thinking individuals with a positive attitude to whatever situations they are faced with. Kirriemuir and its prosperous future is the bond holding them all together and along with a few other projects the group have become involved with, they hope to continue supporting their local community and grow stronger with every challenge they are faced with.
Kirriemuir Community Allotment Association
The Kirriemuir Community Allotment Association has been developing a community growing space since 2012, comprising of individual plots and community areas. The group actively encourages older people, families with young children and people with disabilities to become fully involved.
They have received funding from Community Initiatives Fund and are waiting to receive just under £12,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Kirriemuir Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)
Angus Council were fortunate back in 2012 and 2013 to have a successful bid for Scottish Government funding under Round 5 of the CARS programme. Some £645,000 was awarded by Historic Scotland to make essential repair and improvements to the historic building fabric within the town with funding being delivered through CARS. Both Brechin and Arbroath have previously benefitted from Heritage Lottery funding with their Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) Schemes. Kirriemuir’s award was added to by Angus Council (£504,000) to provide just over one million pounds (£1.1m) of funding for the town for the period 2013 to 2018.
Under the Scheme, most of the funding has gone towards building repairs through our Grants Scheme – either as one of four Priority projects, or smaller scale projects through our Small Grants Scheme. 2 Priority projects have been completed at Glengate Hall and 1 – 7 Roods, another has been started (although works have currently halted) and another has declined grant funding. To date, 20 small grant award projects have been completed, 6 are currently in progress and 6 are still to progress. There are currently a number of building project works, primarily involving stone and roofing repairs currently underway within the town centre. All are within the boundary of the Conservation Area but focussed on the town centre to achieve most public benefit. I attach some images of completed works/ projects for your information and can provide further details of any particular project on request.
Training and Education are also key priorities of the Kirriemuir CARS project in order to enhance knowledge of maintaining and repairing buildings in a historic environment. We are currently progressing our Training programme in Traditional Building Skills with a series of workshops and seminars during 2016, to enable opportunities for local residents/businesses, building contractors and professionals to learn more about the historic environment and the use of traditional building materials.
GROUP 3 – ARBROATH COASTAL REGION
This visit starts off at the Heritage Arts Auchmithie Residents Festival, where the HAAR group will give the background on the work of the group and how they have developed, followed by a walking tour of Arbroath Abbey, and historic Arbroath harbour.
Please bring sturdy comfortable footwear and waterproofs.
Heritage Arts Authmithie Residents (HAAR) Festival
The Heritage Arts Auchmithie Residents group ( HAAR) will give an introduction to the background of the group and how the work was developed over the last 11 years . They will exemplify where this community activity has strengthened and developed other aspects of life in Auchmithie . The group will then ” entertain” with extracts from their re – enactments — fun — and an introduction to their heritage archive work which would be on display and available to browse.
The group will be available to answer questions and would also like an opportunity to say what would help and strengthen their community more.
Arbroath Fishing Community-visit to Mackay's Boat Builders and E&O Fish
Harry Simpson was the co/owner of Mackay Boat Builders (Arbroath) and his family now run the business. Harry has been working at the same yard for some 48 years and bought the company 27 years ago. Mackay Boat Builders Arbroath Ltd have been operating since 1967, during which time they have earned a reputation for high quality work and a meticulous attention to detail.
Harry will give delegates a talk on the history of the harbour dating back to 1394 as well as a talk on the boat building at Arbroath from around the 18th Century. On completion of this there will be a walk around the historic harbour to E&O Fish where you will be met by Colin a Director who will then give you a talk on fish processing and smoking.
Hilton of Fern
SoilEssentials are the leading, award-winning, Scottish precision agriculture specialist, based at Hilton of Fern, near Brechin in Angus with a far reaching client base, both at home and abroad.
They are the authorised Trimble dealer for Northern UK and blend this status with an extensive complementary product and service portfolio of our own. In addition, they are working in partnership with Innovate UK, James Hutton Institute and the European Space Agency on a range of exciting projects.
Their expertise lies where technology and good farming practice merge, providing practical solutions designed primarily with agricultural efficiency in mind and aim to make a farmer’s life easier and more profitable by farming smarter.
GROUP 4 – CAIRNGORMS AND BALLATER
Starting off with short visit to the Cairn o’Mount viewpoint, we then visit Finzean Farm Shop and Holiday cottages, along with a stop for refreshments at the Tearoom. Finally, it’s on to Ballater for a tour of the flood recovery project.
Please bring sturdy comfortable footwear and waterproofs.
Cairn o' Mount Viewpoint
Cairn O’ Mount is a high mountain pass in Aberdeenshire. The place name is a survival of the ancient name for what are now the Grampian Mountains, earlier called “the Mounth”. It has served as an ancient military route at least from Roman times through the 13th century AD. The alignment of the Cairnamounth, Elsick Mounth and Causey Mounth ancient trackways had a strong influence on the medieval siting of many fortifications and other settlements in the area comprised by present-day Aberdeenshire on both sides of the River Dee.
Ballater Flood Recovery Project
As well as a visit to the Resilience Coordination Room and presentation of Resilience Plans, delegates will also have a tour of the Victoria and Albert halls (primary evacuation reception centre) through which about 500-600 people were processed on the day of the floods and Ballater, and also an hours walk through the village to see the location/extent of the damage.
A start was made to develop a Ballater Resilience Plan at the end of 2014 following the flooding of the caravan park in August but there was little local support for such an initiative. However, following the devastating flooding in the Dee valley in December 2015, the need for a Resilience Plan gain new momentum and a lot of work has been done in the last six months. As at the end of June 2016, they have applied for funding to install a standby generator in the village halls, separate Resilience Plans for Ballater and Crathie have been prepared and they are currently with the Community Council for approval and have also been sent to the local emergency services and Aberdeenshire Council for review and comment, they are developing a local Emergency Contacts List and are planning to test the Plan and facilities by holding a tabletop exercise in September involving the Ballater Resilience Team, Aberdeenshire Council EPO and representatives from the three emergency services.
Birse Community Trust
Birse Community Trust (BCT) is a limited company and registered charity that exists to promote the common good of the inhabitants of Birse parish and deliver wider public benefits.
Birse parish on Deeside, Aberdeenshire, covers 125 sq.kms and has four main parts: the three rural communities of Finzean, Ballogie and Birse and the largely uninhabited Forest of Birse. The parish has a population of over 800 in around 320 households.
BCT is controlled by the local community, with everyone on the Electoral Register covering the parish eligible to be a voting member and responsible for electing other local individuals as the Trustees who manage BCT.
BCT started in 1998 and has carried a wide range of activities on behalf of the local community during its first 18 years. BCT’s main involvement is the ownership and management of a dispersed estate of land and buildings at 14 sites spread across the parish. BCT also carries out many other projects to promote the parish’s natural and cultural heritage and local community development.
The sites managed by BCT include community facilities, historic buildings, amenity areas and three forests covering nearly 1,000 ha.. These forests reflect a local tradition of common good forests and play a key role in BCT’s viability.
- Finzean Farm Shop, Tearoom and Holiday Cottages (refreshments + conservation)
GROUP 5 – GLEN CLOVA
It’s off to the Glen Clova Hotel for a talk by the hotel manager to talk about the running of the hotel and issues he has faced, before moving on for a hill walk, courtesy of The Mountains and the People project.
Please expect steep undulating and uneven terrain and the potential for rain…or snow. Sturdy footwear or walking boots are required with waterproofs, long trousers and a warm jacket.
Glen Clova Hotel
The picturesque settlement of Milton of Clova is the location of The Glen Clova Hotel which, also offers Bunkhouse & luxury lodge Accommodation for the many Walkers & Climbers who enjoy the magnificent scenery of this area.
Hugh Niven the hotel owner and Kath Garvin, the hotel manager will give attendees a talk regarding running a Hotel at the ‘head’ of a Glen. This will include some of the issues he has faced in doing so (and making it run profitably) which will be faced by others in the same situation. These issues are “real” for keeping remote communities viable.
Mountains and the People- Glens Prosen, Clova and Esk
The Mountains and the People project aims to conserve the fragile upland environments across Scotland’s two National Parks through a series of Conservation, Path Construction, Volunteering and awareness raising activities. This 5 year charity project is led by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust in partnership with both Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and Cairngorms Park Authorities, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, with financial support from the Heritage Lottery fund. A total of £6.2m will be spent over the lifetime of the project with outputs including over 125km of upgraded mountain paths, 1200 volunteer days and 36 individuals trained to SVQ level 2 or above in Environmental Conservation.
The site visit will include a day walk in one of the country’s most impressive yet fragile landscapes. Attendees will experience examples of conservation, habitat management and upland path construction works delivered by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust and partners as part of the mountains and the people project as well as previous similar conservation projects. Attendees will be offered an insight in to the complexities of working in remote locations and hostile conditions to produce work which delivers on both conservation and visitor experience. All attendees must come prepared for a moderate to strenuous walk in Scottish weather conditions so come prepared for sun rain wind or snow!
GROUP 6 – INVERMARK ESTATE AND THE GLENESK RETREAT
Starting off at Invermark Estate, this visit will include a visit to one of the hydro schemes, with an introduction to the estate, and also a small wildlife walk, before moving on to Glenesk Retreat and Folk Museum.
Please expect steep undulating and uneven terrain and the potential for rain…or snow. Sturdy footwear or walking boots, long trousers, warm jacket and waterproofs are required for this visit.
Invermark Estate and Angus Glens Moorland Group
Dalhousie Estates, of which Invermark is part, is a mixed rural property which has been owned and managed by Lord Dalhousie and his forebears for more than 250 years. Like all similar properties it is run as a diversifed business which includes a farming enterprise, Brechin Castle Centre (garden centre, restaurant and country park), forestry, house lettings, quarrying, an equestrian business and country sports. Overall the business contributes about £1.5m in wages to the local economy.
Invermark Estate at the head of Glenesk extends to 20,000 hectares and lies partly within the Cairngorms National Park. The main land use is sporting – grouse shooting and deer management. They also have a hill sheep farming enterprise and a number of farming tenancies, house lettings, wildlife tours and we are currently constructing 4 small hydro electric schemes. They employ 9 people full time and there are 4 people employed or self employed in farming. During the fieldsports season they also employ up to 50 seasonal staff for up to 20 weeks. During the visit they hope to include a short wildlife walk, and a visit to one of the hydro schemes as well as an introduction to the estate and its management and a description of the wider community and economy of Glenesk.
Glenesk Retreat and Folk Museum
Glenesk Folk Museum is run by members of the local community. It is housed in a former shooting lodge, known as ‘The Retreat’, which used to belong to the earls of Dalhousie. The museum contains artefacts and documents related to the history of the surrounding area. It also has a shop selling locally produced gifts and a tearoom. The museum organises demonstrations of local skills and crafts.