Town’s new Welcome Stone

The new Welcome Stone on the western outskirts of Banchory.
The new Welcome Stone on the western outskirts of Banchory.

A new ‘Welcome to Banchory’ stone has been unveiled at the western gateway to the town.

The stone has been installed by Banchory Rotary Club at Inchmarlo, on the main A93 North Deeside Road, to welcome tourists and other visitors.

Formed from a seven tonne local Craiglash Quarry granite block, it carries its message in gold lettering, accompanied by the Rotary symbol.

The new stone pairs with the Eastern stone, installed some years ago by the club at the Crathes end of the town.

Project manager Richard Bridger said: “This project took three years to complete, and this was partly due to difficulty sourcing a suitably sized and visually attractive boulder.

“We were much helped in the end by Aberdeenshire Council’s Craiglash Quarry, who set aside stones from a blasting earlier in the spring for us to choose from.”

Banchory Rotary have acknowledged the assistance and generosity of Aberdeenshire Council, Palmaris Plant Hire, Chap Construction, Tesco planning gain fund, Deeside Construction, A and J Robertson Granite, Leys Estate and the club’s project team in bringing the project to fruition.

Rotary president Ken Lennox added: “We are glad to place this Welcome Stone, of local granite, to greet visitors and locals alike as they approach Banchory along the really scenic North Deeside Road.

“With so much downward pressure on our economy these days, we want to send the message that our town is open for business and extends a hearty welcome to all visitors.”