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Ballogie Estate Architecture and Cultural Heritage

It is Ballogie Estate’s policy to conserve its vernacular granite buildings. Our maintenance team are trained in the use of traditional building techniques, such as using lime mortar and harling in order to be able to care for and preserve these buildings. Balnacraig House a classic Laird's house was built in the late 17th century and is steeped in history. It was fundamentally restored ten years ago using traditional building methods and materials.

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Potarch Bridge

Potarch Bridge was designed by the famous engineer Thomas Telford and completed in 1814. The building of the bridge brought to an end the use of the centuries-old ford and boat at Inchbare, which at one time was manned by a boatman who had survived the massacre at Glencoe. Local folklore suggests the boatman was tormented by a water horse or kelpie, a mythical creature, which used to charge up and down the river. The Kelpie Pool commemorates this phenomenon. 

Long ago there was a stone circle at Inchbare, but this was removed during the agricultural improvements in the late 19th century, much to the annoyance of Robert Dinnie, the local historian, stonemason and father of the renowned Donald Dinnie

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Ballogie Home Guard Trench and Sunset Song

Along the banks above Potarch Green, there is a Home Guard trench dug during WW2 by the Ballogie Home Guard. This was to be part of the defence in the event of a German invasion in the north of Scotland and formed part of The Cowie Line stretching across Aberdeenshire.

In the Forest of Birse, part of the old steading at Auchabrack was used in the filming of Terence Davies’s critically acclaimed 2015 film, Sunset Song.


Donald Dinnie Stones

Donald Dinnie Stones

The estate is the birthplace of the 19th century’s greatest athlete, and arguably, Scotland’s greatest ever international athlete, Donald Dinnie (1837-1916). Born at Balnacraig, Donald’s sporting career began at the age of 16 and spanned over 50 years, during which time he competed successfully in 11,000 competitions. On a market day at Potarch Green, sometime in the 1860’s, he entertained the crowds with an amazing show of strength by carrying two boulders, with a combined weight of 332.49 KG, a distance of 4.6 metres across Potarch Bridge. We are proud to be hosting the ‘Dinnie Stones’ and from August 2016, they will be on display beside Potarch Lodge in the garden at Potarch Cafe and Restaurant. 

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