Ballogie and the Local Community
Ballogie is actively involved in supporting the Ballogie Community Association and Birse and Ballogie Community Council. We have assisted in both the local Marywell path project and the ongoing plans for a Community Hub and play area. In addition we work closely with Birse Community Trust on a number of issues, particularly in coordinating deer control in the Parish of Birse.
For over 60 years the Peterhead Scouts have been coming to camp at Ballogie on the campsite at Arntilly. MAROC, the local orienteering club, utilises our woods for their many varied competition days. MAROC are one of the most active and successful orienteering clubs in Scotland and as such we are pleased to give our support to their endeavours.
The local Scottish Fire & Rescue Service undergoes regular river rescue training using our hut at Potarch as a base. The James Hutton Institute has a research base on Lamahip looking at aspects of climate change. Additionally, we support the work of the Scottish & Aberdeen Beekeepers Association, by providing a training site for their hives in summer.
In cooperation with two neighbouring estates, Ballogie arranges and sponsors the Aboyne Forest Project. Each May, the whole S3 year group at Aboyne Academy, has the opportunity to visit a commercial forestry operation, in addition we support the S2 year group with an annual visit to our wedding venue, Ballogie House as part of the schools Hospitality Project.
Ballogie presents the Callum Mackenzie Cup annually at the opening of the River Dee to the young angler, who in the opinion of the judges has made the most notable catch in the previous fishing season.