Donside castle opens

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One of the North-East’s most magical castles is set to reopen its doors to the public for the Easter weekend.

Craigievar Castle, near Alford, will welcome visitors for a sneak preview from tomorrow (Friday) until Monday (April 25).

Over the Easter weekend, the castle will host a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail.

A children’s wildlife quiz will also be on offer, introducing younger visitors to the rich wildlife and flora to be found in the castle’s extensive grounds.

The castle then re-opens for the summer season on Monday, May 2, for guided tours.

Craigievar, renowned for its striking pink hue, underwent major renovation and repair works from 2007 until 2010, replacing the castle’s cement-based harling with a traditional lime-based alternative.

It was officially opened in June 2010 by National Trust for Scotland patron, the Duke of Rothesay.

Property Manager Tina Low said: “Preparations for the re-opening are well underway. The interiors are being cleaned, the dust sheets will be coming off soon and the guides are getting ready as we get set to open our doors to the public once more.

“Craigievar Castle is one of Aberdeenshire’s oldest and, I must say, prettiest.”