Welcome to the Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan

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Our Community

The town of Banchory (pop 6,500) lies on the north side of the River Dee some 18 miles west of Aberdeen, Europe's oil capital.

Originally settled in 5-6th centuries at the confluence of the River Feugh, the site became the location of the annual St Ternan Fair during the middle ages.

The town flourished with the arrival of the Deeside Railway line in 1853 and became a popular destination for both holidaymakers and day-trippers from Aberdeen.

During the 1970-90s the town expanded as a result of the oil boom and is currently undergoing a new period of growth.

There are a range of shops, hotels, restaurants, garages and local services. The town has not one, but two excellent golf courses.

Scolty Tower was erected in 1839 in memory to General William Burnett of Banchory Lodge. He served in Flanders in 1793 under the Duke of York and was created General in 1837. The tower is located on a prominent hilltop overlooking the town and was restored by the Rotary Club in 1992.

In June 2012 we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen by lighting a beacon on the top of Scolty Tower.  Around 200 people climbed the hill to attend the event.

Our Club

The club was founded in the small town of Banchory in 1971. Until recently, membership was steady at around 40 members and is currently 45. We are active in fund-raising for local, national and international good causes through a series of events throughout the year.

The main annual fund-raisers are the Crathes Vintage Car & Motorcycle Rally, which is held in May of each year and the Annual Golf Challenge held in August.

The club supports and encourages international exchange visits, sponsors educational, cultural and youth activities and promotes literacy through the "Dictionaries for Life"  programme in local primary schools.

But it's not just about fundraising. There is a strong social aspect and members are part of a global network of 1.3 million Rotarians spanning most countries and cities around the globe.