Location & History

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Tap o’ Noth Permaculture is located 1 mile from the rural village of Rhynie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The market town of Huntly is 12 miles away with Aberdeen city/airport approx 38 miles away.


From the village of Rhynie, leave the village on the Cabrach/Dufftown road (A941) and travel up the hill for around 1 mile. Tap o’ Noth is the 4th property on the right. If you see the Tap o’ Noth Car park sign you just gone past us!

Screenshot 2015-12-02 13.21.20 (2) Why we are called Tap o’ Noth

Tap o’ Noth Permaculture is located under forty miles from the city of Aberdeen, twelve miles from the market town of Huntly and within walking distance of the village of Rhynie in an area of Aberdeenshire steeped in ancient history and agricultural traditions. Our Permaculture site is situated on the slopes of Tap o’ Noth, a brooding hill to the north, 563m above sea-level and with Scotland’s second highest Iron Age hillfort on its summit. One source claims that the name Tap o’ Noth means ‘point of observation‘, quite an appropriate title for our Permaculture site considering that observation of nature plays a key role in Permaculture design.

The Picts

2000 years ago Tap o’ Noth hillfort was inhabited by Scotland’s early peoples, the Picts. These ancient tribes dominated this area of North East Scotland before and during the Roman invasion and their lasting legacy can still be seen today, not only in the stone walls of Tap o’ Noth, but also in the many standing stones and stone circles that adorn the landscape around the village of Rhynie. Recent archaeological excavations in and around the village by Aberdeen University have made Pictish findings of such importance that Rhynie has been put on the map as one of Scotland’s most interesting and important sites. The root of the word Rhynie means ‘a very royal place’ and digs in 2012/13 unearthed not only the foundations of a large Longhouse but also a burial site containing Pictish bones and artifacts which hint to a high status living and links to Rome. These findings by the university and events surrounding the digs, organised by local arts collective the Rhynie Woman, have brought a resurgence of interest within the community and a spotlight on Rhynie.


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