Garvock Tap - near Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire.
where William and Robert Burnes, the poet’s father and uncle, parted company as young men in 1748 to seek better fortunes in the South. They never saw each other again


The Stonehaven (Fatherland) Burns Club is unique in that we are the only club in the world to have the privilege of having the word Fatherland in our title. We are very proud of this distinction.

“A rich and cultivated but still unenclosed country” is how Robert Burns described the Mearns of Kincardineshire, the land of his forefathers, when he visited the area in 1787.



Stonehaven Burns Memorial Garden wins Haddington 700 award and helps Stonehaven win Silver Plate in Beautiful Scotland Competition.

For more details click here






Club President Douglas Samways and Committee member Gwynne  Stewart were presented with the awards at a function at the Bowling Club to celebrate the Town's success.


Dear All,


For those that were able to make it along last night thank you in joining our community celebration and special awards ceremony. Who would have thought we would be standing outside on a fine warm evening enjoying good food and good company. Like judgement day, the gods were watching over us and the sun was shining. It was a great evening and thank you for indulging in our special awards ceremony. It was a bit of fun.



Thank You Stonehaven Lions and friends

I must pass on my sincere thanks to the Stonehaven Lions who did a brilliant job in preparing over 100 burgers and fed us all courtesy of Charles McHardy and Aunty Bettys with served some lovely ice cream. Both donating produce free and for enjoyment of the community - thanking you for supporting Horizon in Stonehaven’s Beautiful Scotland campaign - We are Stonehaven! And we are all champions - well done Stoney.



Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) 2022 theme

So now what’s next. Well 2022 and KSB coastal towns division is looking for a new gold champion. North Berwick who took the gold this year were outstanding and this will be our benchmark and standard to attain next year. KSB announced at the awards event yesterday, the optional theme for Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups in 2022 is the official ‘Year of Stories’. 



Beautiful Scotland celebration and award ceremony

If interested Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) have just issued these links if you want to watch a replay of yesterday’s event:


  • Part 1: Welcome and highlights:


Includes an official welcome from our Chief Executive, 2021 highlights, and Stonehaven Horizon Project, a new entrant, shares their Beautiful Scotland journey.

  • Part 2 – celebration and presentation of certificates and awards


Includes the drinks reception, words from Liz Stewart on behalf of the judges, Tom Brock, Chair of our Charity Trustees leads the presentation of this year's certificates, before we reveal who has won this year's 13 discretionary awards. We end with a celebration and sharing of highlights.


News story: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/news/sept-2021/national-recognition-for-beautiful-scotland-entrants/

Certificate results: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/community-and-place/beautiful-scotland/awards-and-certificates/2021-certificates/

Award results: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/community-and-place/beautiful-scotland/awards-and-certificates/2021-awards/


KSB have sent press releases nationally and regionally, but would obviously love you to shout about and share your achievements – if on social media, please tag using @KSBScotland (they don’t see posts otherwise!).




Our award winning Burns garden hedgehog is getting ready to curl up in a little, spiky ball, immobile and silent. It’s breathing very, very slowly and it's slowed right down, warm under a dense canopy of leaves, to fall asleep. Well it’s not exactly sleeping, but it’s not exactly awake either. It’s hibernating over the winter months conserving energy for the next year.


For now we will be going into hibernation and our KSB community e-mail listing will lay silent, for a wee while, getting ready to awake in 2022 for our next KSB challenge.



Stonehaven Horizon Project

Horizon may slow down just a bit, however, please be reassured our band of merry volunteers will still be out there with their yellow hi-viz vest on.



Best regards


As Convenor Stonehaven Horizon Project

         Beautiful Scotland / Haddington 700.

The visit by the judges will be on the  4th of August 2021.  Starting at 10 a.m. For more information , to see how the garden is looking and to see the route click here

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The committee have made up a rota to keep the area round the Garden as tidy as possible until the 4th August  some of them are gathered here to survey the task ahead.

The Burns Memorial Garden will be one of the features which the Stonehaven Horizon Project plans to present to the Beautiful Scotland this year. The Garden will also be entered into the Haddington 700 project. For more information click here

                                          May 2021

While things are undoubtedly getting better and the future generally is looking much more promising, the detail in the First Minister's statement yesterday makes it clear we would unfortunately not be able to hold our meeting in May.  It has now been scheduled to hold it on Thursday 16th September at the Belvedere Hotel in Stonehaven.  

                                                      April 2021

The Horizon Group have installed in the Memorial Garden an old fashioned plough of the type Robert Burns might have used. This has kindly been donated by local farmer Jim Bruce. For more information click here













                                                        March 2021

Horizon group continue their sterling work in the Burns Memorial Garden. The area has been redesigned and planted out ready for the coming year. For more detail on what is planned click here


                                                                January 2021


It has been deicided by the committee that in light of the ongoing COVID  situation and the lack of any Club activity  there will be no need to pay a subscription for the current year.

Goodbye Jim McAllan

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