Upgrades planned for Braemar castle sites

Two of Braemar’s most historic sites have submitted planning applications renovations.

Braemar Castle and Kindrochit Castle are both in line for alterations.

The 17th Century Braemar Castle will, if permission is granted by Marr Area Councillors, will see it’s chimney cope stones removed and replaced.

Planning permission has been applied for by Simon Blackett of Braemar Community Limited and must be obtained as the castle is a listed building.

Historic Scotland have been consulted on the proposal with their response due on October 24.

The even older 11th century Kindrochit Castle is also in line for improvements with resurfacing of the car park, including ramped access, planned.

Aberdeenshire Council has pledged a £120,000 revamp of the historic site that will also see floodlighting of the council-owned monument and stabilisation of the walls.

A meeting was held in the Braemar Village Hall in August to hear the Kindrochit plans.

The £250,000 price tag for the work will be split with the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).

It is hoped that the improvements will be another tourist trap in the village which is heavily reliant on visitors for its economy.

Both castles have interesting history but only Braemar is open to the public at present.

Since 2006 the castle has been leased to the local community.

Comments on both applications must be received by Aberdeenshire Council officers by October 31.

This can either be done through the authority’s website or by writing to: Aberdeenshire Council, Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven, AB39 2DQ.