About us

Welcome to our website

Welcome to the Banchory Ternan Rotary Club Website. The pages below will show you that Rotary is a dynamic organisation, not just populated by men with white beards! Our motto of 'We're for Communities' – comes through in that we're getting things done locally and internationally – and our efforts are visible and understood.

Standing still is not an option for Rotary and we are a changing organisation that welcomes diversity and new challenges.

 ElaineSarah Freelove
President 2020-21

The Rotary team are ever present at events such as 'Kids Out', The Banchory Show, The Pipe Band Competition and the Braemar Gathering, helping and supporting the activities that make our local community so special. Our work on the Scolty Centre garden has been widely appreciated by the families with special needs that make use of this new facility.

Our involvement with Youth and Vocational activities is also heard loudly in our community. Banchory Ternan Rotary Club partners with the local schools annually to provide Dictionaries for Life, Shoe Box collections, Young Musician Competition, Primary School Quiz, and Young Speechmaker Competition.

We have a great relationship with the wider Rotary movement for example providing Shelter Boxes for those in need when disaster strikes anywhere in the world. Rotary’s contribution to the eradication of polio has been immense.

We hold many social events with partners as having fun together is a key aspect of Rotary membership.

If getting involved, contributing to the community and having fun appeals to you, then please get in touch and come and meet us.

Our Community

The town of Banchory (pop 7,500) 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.

Our Club

Scolty TowerThe club was founded in the small town of Banchory in 1971.Membership is currently around 40.

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 and 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 enterprise through the Young Enterprise programme in local schools.l

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.

Scolty Tower was erected in 1839 in memory of 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 the prominent Scolty hilltop overlooking the town and was restored by the Rotary Club in 1992.

Scolty Tower

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Wed, Oct 21st 2020 7:00 pm

Zoom Meeting : Host : Host - Mary Lennox : Speaker Ewan Hatchwell - ‘Meanderings’ a photo tour of Scotland

Wed, Oct 28th 2020 7:00 pm

Zoom Meeting : Christina Nicol : Speaker Gillie Nicholls - Les Amis de Burkina Faso

Wed, Oct 28th 2020 8:30 pm

Zoom Meeting : Council Meeting

Wed, Nov 4th 2020 7:00 pm

Zoom Meeting : Business Meeting

Wed, Nov 11th 2020 7:00 pm

Zoom Meeting : Host : TBC -

Wed, Nov 18th 2020 7:00 pm

Zoom Meeting - Host President Elainesarah : - Speaker Fawltey Towers aka District Rotakids Officer Alistair Risk

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Rotary supporting rehabilitation for stroke survivors

Putting the wheels in motion to end polio

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Wednesdays at 18.15 for 18.30
Burnett Arms Hotel
25 High Street

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