Works underway to repair castle path

A helicopter delivers equipment as works to repair flood damage at the iconic Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven get underway.

A helicopter delivers equipment as works to repair flood damage at the iconic Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven get underway.

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Repair works to the iconic Dunnottar Castle got underway this week following damage caused by Storm Frank.

A pathway at the castle was destroyed after heavy rain caused a landslip at the site.

Now, works have begun to repair the damage amid fears that leaving the paths the way they are could cause further safety issues.

Speaking to the Leader last week, castle custodian Jim Wands, said: “After Storm Frank, the castle had to be closed for two days, because we were certain that damage had been caused to it. We carried out a number of safety checks, following the storm, and found that had been a landslide behind the drawing room.

“A large section of the rock which the castle sits on had fallen into the sea,” he said.

“We were lucky the landslip didn’t cause any internal damage, but a path had to be closed as the land had literally fallen away off the cliff.”

Mr Wands said that an assessment of the damage had found that some remedial works would need to be carried out. He added he was glad the refurbishment work was being carried out to ensure the tourist attraction remained intact.

“We decided to go with repair works that were slightly more costly, but we think that they will last much longer,” he said.

The castle will remain open while the works are carried out, although some parts of the building may not be accessible to the public.

“However, we want to keep the work to a minimum to avoid large disruption,” said Mr Wands. He added: “I’m delighted that the works are going ahead, because repairs like this ensure that the castle remains accessible for future generations.

“Dunottar Castle is one of the biggest and best attractions in Aberdeenshire and it is vital that pieces of history like this are looked after as best we can.”

Dunnottar Castle has played a prominent role in the history of Scotland through to the 18th century Jacobite Risings because of its stragegic location and defensive strength.