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Aberdeenshire Council chiefs have approved a budget of £120,000 for the renovation of an 11th century castle ruin in Upper Deeside.

The authority has now announced a community drop- in event to raise awareness of the work about to be undertaken at Braemar’s Kindrochit Castle with local opinions sought.

The consultation is open to the public and will be held in the Village Hall this Monday, August 19.

The ancient fortress has a long and colourful history, with it being widely acknowledged to be built by Malcolm Canmore in 1059 AD as a hunting lodge on the banks of the Clunie,

King Robert II of Scotland (1370-1390) often visited the Deeside site and was noted to have enjoyed hunting on the Braes of Mar. There is a record of 10 charters issued by the King from Kindrochit between 1373 and 1382.

Subsequently, King Robert III gifted the castle to Sir Malcolm Drummond, his brother-in-law.

He built the family tower on the site in 1390, making it the fifth largest castle in Scotland at the time.

In the 17th century the plague struck occupants of the castle. In order to prevent them from leaving its confines and spreading the deadly disease, the occupants and the castle were destroyed by cannon.

It was unoccupied after that and, by 1628, the castle was in ruins.

Hopes have been raised that it could prove to be an additional boost to Braemar’s important tourist trade.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Geva Blackett said: ““From the moment Stephen Archer came and saw the ruined castle, you could see he recognised the cultural and historic importance of this site not just to Braemar but to the whole of Aberdeenshire. I welcome the effort he has put in to secure this funding to help remake the castle an important part of the Braemar visitor experience and look forward to seeing this project reach fruition”