Braemar castle fortifies position

Braemar Castle.
Braemar Castle.

After 7 years of successful operation by the local community, Braemar Castle has achieved a milestone with the creation of the first full-time post.

Archaeology and Celtic Studies graduate, Laura McMeekin has been appointed Castle Manager. Previously Visitor Services Team Leader at the National Museum of Rural Life at East Kilbride, Laura comes with a raft of experience in museum practice, managing volunteers and working with visitors.

Laura said: “I believe I have arrived at a very exciting time in the development of the Castle.

“There is so much potential here, so much goodwill from the community and so many opportunities to work on to build what we can offer visitors as well as how the Castle is enjoyed by the people who live in this lively village.

“The Castle has just been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year running.”

Simon Blackett, Chair of Braemar Community Ltd said: “We’ve already benefitted from her experience, she was here in time to host our schools’ visits week with over 160 children from Deeside schools enjoying our Bannockburn workshops and Castle tours”

The community have a fifty year, improving, lease on the Castle from Invercauld Estate and are responsible for the restoration of the building.

To date, £400,000 has been raised and work on the roof and chimneys will be completed by September.

Fundraising continues to repair the harling, install heating, implement a landscape plan and build a visitor centre.