Celebrating the year

The old railway line runs from the centre of Aberdeen all the way to Ballater. It passes close to the river as it passes through Culter. It is a fantastic place to cycle and walk at all times of the year. But especially during the blackberry season.

Martinmas or St Martin’s is an autumn feast day celebrated on the 11th of November. In Camphill we remember the selfless act of St Martin of Tours who legend tells us was a Roman soldier baptised as an an adult in the 3rd century. St Martin cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snow snowstorm to save him from the cold. That night, he dreamt of Jesus, wearing the half-cloak and saying to the angels, “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is now baptised; he has clothed me.” 

Halloween is a time to get creative. While Guy Fawkes goes with a bang!

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

Advent Christmas and Epiphany are a very important time in our Calendar.


Candlemass is celebrated on the second of February. Traditionally we create an earth Candle. This year (despite snow and a little rain) it burned for nearly 24 hours!

The saying goes that if Candlemass is bright with sun the winter is half begun, but if Candlemass is dark with rain then winters power is on the wain.

In Scotland though we can have all four seasons in one day.