Voices of the past to echo through castle

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Braemar Castle has taken another step into the future after taking delivery of an audio guide system for the historic pile.

This new technology is the latest innovation for the structure, which was taken over by the community seven years ago.

Built principally as a hunting lodge, the castle also has defensive grilles and a curtain wall.

The occupant was a powerful noblemen and there were many who wanted to challenge his authority.

Among them, his next door neighbours, the Farquharsons of Invercauld, did eventually come to own the castle.

After being burned by the ‘‘Black Colonel,’’ the castle lay in ruins until after Culloden

Castle manager Laura McMeekin said: “The castle has been a great success and we aim to continue to build what we can offer.

“The audio guides are giving visitors a choice.

“However, we didn’t want to lose that special sense of place which visitors enjoy so much, so have used one of the volunteers to narrate the guides.

“We will, of course, also continue to have our popular guided tours on offer.

‘‘The audio guides will support the volunteers and allow us to further extend our opening hours next season.

“We are grateful to Marr Area Partnership for their contribution of £1000 towards the audio system.

“We’ve had two weekends of visitors trying them out and the reaction is hugely positive.

“We are open for another two weekends and would love Deeside folk to come and let us know what they think.”

Everyone who is a member of Braemar Community Ltd has free entry to the castle and Ms McMeekin hopes as many people from the village as possible will try out the guides over the next couple of weeks.

It’s hoped repairs to the roof and chimneys will be finished by the end of next month and, meanwhile, fundraising continues to complete the remaining restoration work.

Hallowe’en celebrations will end the season at the Castle on Saturday, November 1, with family fun for the under 10s at 6.30 and for the over 10s and adults at 7.30.

More information can be found via the castle website: www.braemarcastle.co.uk