Exciting New Explore North Kincardine Project!

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Free public information evening for exciting new Explore North Kincardine Project on 20th January 2016, 4-6pm at Portlethen Academy, Community Learning and Development Centre, Portlethen.

Tea, Coffee and treats will be on offer and you get the chance to sign up for walk-shops, workshops, trails and talks during the weekend of 22nd – 24th January 2016!  These include . . .

22nd January 2016 – Fly cup, fine piece and a news – 2-4pm Portlethen Library – tell us stories and Have your say about what could be added onto the North Kincardine map.

23rd January 2016 – Natural Wonders of Kincardine – talks every half hour from 1030 – 1200 – Meet at Portlethen Academy, CLD building.

23rd January 2016 – Templars Ride Kincardine – talks every half hour from 1300 – 1430 – Meet at Portlethen Academy, CLD. Input into the proposed Templar Cycle route. Try some or all of the cycle trail which runs from the coast to the Dee.

24th January 2016 – Family walk-shops and rambles 1000 – 1130 Meet at 1000 at the Newtonhill Pharmacy. Capture some photos and share some stories.

24th January 2016 – Family walk-shops and rambles 1300 – 1500 – meet at the entrance to the Portlethen Moss – Bruntland Rd, Portlethen come and share your stories of the Moss and find out about the biodiversity and history of this special piece of land.

Prizes during the week for your best selfies on twitter #TrailsofKincardine


For more information see the website www.explorekincardine.wordpress.com and follow on Twitter @NorthKincardine.


BACKGROUNDCommunity groups and individuals from North Kincardine have come together to from the North Kincardine Public Art Group (NKPAG). The group has commissioned creative practitioner and artist Anne Murray (www.anne-murray.com) to create a Map that highlights treasures within the North Kincardine area (Ward 17). Working with Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian and the communities of North Kincardine the group will be producing a map that will be distributed to all homes in the area.

PROJECT AIMS: The project aims to create a map and public art that will highlight and celebrate the rich natural, industrial and historic uniqueness of Kincardine.  Artist Anne Murray has been chosen by NKPAG for her experience in working with communities who want to make the most of their heritage. One of her recent projects included working with the school and community to reunite Rhynie with the ‘Rhynie Man’ and the development of a Rhynie Man way connecting the Rhynie community with their Pictish symbol stone in Aberdeen (therhynieman.wordpress.com)

THE MAP: The map, which is the first part of the project is due to be delivered to all 6000 households in the North Kincardine area (Ward 17) in Springtime and will feature walking, bridal and cycle routes, local viewpoints, natural features, history and places to eat and drink.  Further links to websites and groups will be included where people can gain further information on the topics such as archives, genealogy and local history. The second phase of the project will involve the design and installation of five sculptures in key locations on the trails.  In future the group hope to develop a website which will provide additional information on additional trails and local features such as playgrounds and rights of way.

2 thoughts on “Exciting New Explore North Kincardine Project!

    Alan Jones said:
    24/01/2016 at 10:54 am

    Please consider including a short coastal walk starting in the village of Newtonhill. There are a few walks starting at the Braehead, (top of the cliffs above the beach), walk down the to the beach, cross the burn at the bridge, then walk west up alongside the Elsick Burn to the railway viaduct. Here take the right turn uphill. About 100 yards before the railway bridge, turn right again and walk along the path around Cranhill. There are three gates to navigate through. The sights along the coast towards Stonehaven and of the village of Newtonhill are superb. After the second gate heading east, then north, there is a small path to the clifftop. Here you will find a big rock known locally as the Lion’s Head. These cliffs are dangerous so take care. Continuing back on the path around Cranhill takes you to a farm called Cobbleboards. Just after the farm there is a second path that leads onto the village of Downies. However, if you continue on the original path, it will take you westwards to Backhills Farm. The road continues west until you cross the railway line again. About 300 yards further you come to a junction, turn left and you again cross the railway and downhill returns you to the village of Newtonhill passing the two wheel oatmeal mill now refurbished. Turn right under the railway viaduct takes you back alongside the Elrick Burn and in about 400 yards there is an small uphill path that takes you into the village close to Newtonhill school. Regards, Alan Jones

      emmakidd said:
      15/02/2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to the blog post on the Explore Kincardine Project. I have passed your comment onto the team who are running the project.

      Developing and improving foot and cycle paths is a priority in the Kincardine & Mearns Community Plan 2016-19. We understand that the Council and their partners are focusing on improving existing paths rather than developing new ones for now. As a local partnership involving the various public sector agencies and community and voluntary organisations, we will be looking at creative ways that we can all seek to develop and improve outdoor routes and spaces. Would you be interested in joining any such local activity? Emma (Community Planning Officer 01569 768323).

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