Kindrochit king of the castles at Design Awards

Kindrochit Castle
Kindrochit Castle

Braemar’s oldest castle was among a number of Deeside and Donside businesses to be successful at the Aberdeenshire Design Awards.

Kindrochit Castle picked up a Highly Commended Conservation Award at the ceremony held at Haddo House last week.

Cllr. Geva Blackett, who has been involved with Kindrochit’s ‘facelift’ project, said: “I am so thrilled that Braemar’s oldest castle has received this commendation.

‘‘The council’s officers have been just as enthusiastic as I am in ensuring this magnificent piece of Braemar history becomes a centrepiece for the village’s tourism.

“The Urquharts have shown such passion for their restoration work and, without their craftsmanship, the castle would not have received such professional and beautiful care.

“We can now look forward to the official opening in the knowledge that we have an award winning project!”

The council’s Design Awards recognised a number of other local businesses and attractions.

In the Sustainability category Rekkitlane, Coull, near Aboyne was Commended.

Highly Commended in the Housing category were Little Ennochie Mill, Finzean, and Westwood Cottage, Insch, both by Aboyne architect Michael Rasmussen Associates.

Commended properties included The Stackyard, Braemar, and Bridge of Dye, Banchory.

In the Craftmanship category, Ballater’s St Kentigern’s Episcopal Church and Coille Na Feorag, Tarland were Highly Commended.

Conservation work on Kindrochit Castle got under way back in August 2013. Aberdeenshire Council and The Cairngorms National Park funded the work, which was set to stabilise the stonework, and provide public access and lighting.

Judging panel member and Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, Stephen Archer, said: “Once again, we have seen a fantastic selection of entries to the competition. Often these are the ‘hidden gems’ of Aberdeenshire and in a number of cases are preserving historic structures for future generations or are setting high standards for modern properties which fit perfectly with the local landscape.”

The Design Awards are held every two years, with the next event set for 2016.