Tarland Bee Group

Tarland Honey often available, see contact details below.

Tarland Bee Group is a subgroup of Tarland Development Group (SCIO).  The group was formed in 2013 and we are open to all for membership.

We have a community apiary which we teach from during the summer months.  It is sited near the village and is kindly leased to us by The MacRobert Trust. We are currently building a new community facility, also leased from The MacRobert Trust, which will incorporate the Bee Group, the Seed Swap Group and The Apple Pressing Group in the Old Walled Garden at Oldtown of Kincragie.  Phase 1 is complete and we are applying for grants to complete Phase 2, an Education Facility.


We run a number of different activities:

  • Series of Winter talks which are open to all to attend, details are HERE
  • Beginners class in the spring which consists of 4 evening classes and two practical sessions. The course follows the SBA Guidelines giving beginners a good start to their bee keeping and also preparing them for the SBA Basic Bee Master certificate should they wish to sit that after a year’s practical experience.
  • Queen rearing group every summer – members with a couple of years experience are invited to join and take part in the group learning experience.
  • Instructional videos – HERE

We lease hives to members who have attended the beginners’ course and these hives can be kept at our Community Apiary or in the members’ garden.

One of our Junior Members, Martin Leahy won the individual prize at the IMYB (International Meeting of Young Bee Keepers) held in Slovakia in 2019. Martin started bee keeping at 2013 when he was nine years old and was selected to represent Scotland in this International Competition by the SBA.

If you would like to find out more about the group we have an active Facebook page

For more information about the group please contact us via email (tarlandbees@hotmail.co.uk) or Facebook.

Copies of our sub committee Rules of Procedure, membership form and lease hive form are provided below:

Tarland Bee Group Information Sheet

Tarland Bee Group Lease Hives Information Sheet

Tarland Bee Group Sub Committee Rules of Procedure

Tarland Bee Group is a member of the Scottish Beekeepers Association

May 2021. Many thanks to ABOYNE ACADEMY STUDENTS for all the excellent entries to the TBG Calligram commission.  The very high standard made it extremely difficult to choose a winner. Congratulations to all.

Click HERE for the commission document.

Aboyne Academy -TBG Calligram SBA 2

Aboyne Academy -TBG Calligram SBA 1

Instructional Videos

Preparing your bees for Winter

Putting your bees to bed for the winter is a very important job. This video is intended for complete beginners to help mitigate starvation and/or isolation starvation. Thanks to Dave W for making the video, to Dave M for handling the bees and to Yvonne for her instruction.

Adding a jar of syrup

Adding a jar of syrup.

Meeting Minutes

Minutes 25th November 2023

Minutes 4th May 2023

Minutes 16th October 2022

Minutes 12th April 2022

Minutes 3rd October 2021

Minutes 12th August 2021

Minutes 2nd July 2021