Presbytery of Buchan


Buchan is the area situated mainly within the NE corner of Aberdeenshire. The Presbytery of Buchan is contained within that region, but extends westwards into Banffshire - as far as Portsoy.

The area is green, fertile and undulating, and is largely bounded by a coastline that stretches from Cruden Bay round into the Moray Firth, taking in the towns of Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Macduff and Banff. It has a character truly of its own, with much to recommend it to visitors from home and abroad, as well as to those who seek a lifestyle that places quality above pace in their list of priorities. It is served by an excellent road network, and has Abedeen airport within easy reach, as well as rail networks to the west and south.

The area's economy has been very much based on the industries linked to the traditional occupations of fishing and farming; although the extraction of oil and gas from the North Sea, since the nineteen-seventies, has added another important component, along with its associated activities.

While the people of Buchan have adapted to the challenges and changes created by social and industrial progress, their culture is still rooted firmly in a respect for activities and values which can be traced back, far into the past: something made evident in the enthusiasm shown towards the using and preservation of local dialects, and in the proliferation of local art, music and traditional skills.

Currently Buchan Presbytery comprises thirty-four parishes, operating individually, as unions or as linkages. Presbytery meets on the first Tuesday of most months, in St. Kane's Parish Church, New Deer.