A former Deeside hotel has achieved its five-star quality assurance award from the national tourism organisation.
Potarch Lodge, which is owned and run by Ballogie Estate and sits in a picturesque location beside the River Dee, received its award from VisitScotland at its first grading visit.
The former Potarch Hotel was recently renovated, creating a high standard self-catering lodge which provides quality accommodation for up to 14 guests in seven bedrooms all with en-suite facilities.
The lodge, which opened to visitors earlier this year, has a large open plan kitchen, dining and seating area with a wood burning stove and a separate sitting room with an open fireplace.
Ballogie Estate has also created a cafe and restaurant beside the lodge which has been awarded Taste Our Best and is proving popular with locals and tourists alike.Taste Our Best is a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government.
Lewis Gray, Ballogie Estate Enterprises property manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded this five-star grading by VisitScotland.
"It is a great achievement showcasing the hard work and dedication by all our staff and local contractors, who completed this project to such a luxury standard.
"We are confident that our commitment, renovation and redevelopment of Potarch and the surrounding area is beneficial to the local community and provides a welcome boost to the travel and tourism industry in the area.”