The churchyard of Banchory-Ternan lies on the north bank of the River
Dee, to the east of the present day town of Banchory. It is a site of
great antiquity and is known to have been inhabited over 8000 years ago.
The church associated with the graveyard has long since gone from these
grounds but its replacement, built in 1824, can be found situated to the
north of the main road. Between the original
graveyard and the church lies a large modern cemetery which is still in
There are a number of features of interest besides the gravestones
themselves. Note the restored watchtower which was used to guard the
graveyard at night at a time when grave robbing was a serious
possibility. Its construction allowed 360 degrees views. Also of note
are the two aisles. The first belonging to the Douglas family of
Tilquhillie and the second that of Burnett family of Crathes.
This is a lovely location marred only slightly by the noise of heavy
traffic running along the main road. The grounds are in good condition
both within the old original churchyard and the later extensions. It can
be a real sun-trap in the summer and temperatures can get very high if
the air is still. Parking is quite restricted and there is only room for
a few cars at the northern entrance. Thankfully though this entrance is
off a slip road from the main thoroughfare..
Besides the churchyard there is a walk that runs along the river and
if you are energetic enough will eventually lead you to the town of
Banchory. Allow 20-30 minutes each way if you tackle this.
A very historic site with some interesting stones. Recommended.
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