New lease of life as castle reopens to public

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After centuries of neglect, Braemar’s Kindrochit Castle has reopened to the public thanks to a £210,000 restoration project.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside councillor Geva Blackett has spent the past few years working on turning the 11th century ruin into a visitor attraction for the Royal Deeside village.

Cllr Blackett said: “Three years ago I had a dream - and today that dream is realised.”

Pupils from Braemar School turned out last week to celebrate the major renovation of the castle ruins. The children designed a flag to mark the occasion, which will fly permanently from the newly installed castle flagpole.

Cllr Blackett added: “It is wonderful to see this site open to the public and the school taking such an interest in it. We are waiting still for the lighting to be sorted out but Braemar has a new tourist attraction open for business.”