Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Rothesay, visited Crathie Opportunity Holidays, at Crathie Kirk, during a visit to Deeside this week.

In the Garden Room, the Duchess unveiled a plaque in memory of Miss Margaret Boyd who was a significant donor to the organisation which was formed to enable disabled people to enjoy a good holiday in excellent surroundings

During the visit, Camilla also met Miss Boyd’s family, along with supporters, guests and staff of Crathie Opportunity Holidays, the aim of which is to make it possible for everyone to be able to find suitable accommodation of the highest standard to enable them to enjoy a holiday in this most beautiful part of Scotland.

For many years, the 200-year-old stable courtyard - situated on the banks of the River Dee and overlooking the Balmoral Estate - lay derelict.

In 2002, as a result of five years of fundraising by local volunteers, these fine old granite buildings were transformed into four expertly designed self catering cottages. The buildings have been sensitively restored externally to retain many of the original features of the stables. Internally they have been designed to ensure maximum accessibility and equipped to offer the most extensive range of fixtures and free standing aids to enable disabled guests to experience their holiday with confidence.

Winner of one of VisitScotland’s prestigious Thistle Awards in 2004, the cottages offer the opportunity of a holiday in one of Scotland’s most stunning locations on the banks of the River Dee with glorious views of the mountain peaks of Lochnagar.

Each cottage has been carefully designed and furnished to create a warm and welcoming home.

In addition the cottages offer a unique range of features so that disabled people, so often excluded from such holidays, can now enjoy the most relaxing of breaks in wonderful surroundings.