The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visit Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay today carried out engagements in Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire.

Their Royal Highnesses toured the spectacular Dunnottar Castle, a ruined medieval fortress on the northeastern coast of Scotland.

Today, visitors can descend the steps to the castle and tour the remains, including the restored drawing room, where during the visit Their Royal Highnesses signed the visitor’s book.

In the nearby town of Stonehaven, The Duke and Duchess visited the Tolbooth Museum. Their Royal Highnesses saw artefacts and met volunteers who gained a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.

The building had originally been used as a storehouse during the construction of Dunnottar Castle, later functioning as a prison and courthouse. In 1963, it was renovated and officially re-opened by HM The Queen Mother. His Royal Highness viewed the key used during that official re-opening.

Finally, Their Royal Highnesses meet local businesses and well-wishers in Stonehaven town centre.  

The Duke and Duchess visited Charles McHardy Butchers, Giulianotti Ice Cream and Vintage Sweet Shop and Graingers Deli. The butcher's dates back to 1907 while the ice cream shop was founded in 1899.

Earlier in the day, His Royal Highness visited W M Donald, a family run construction and civil engineering business. The Duke officially opened their new offices and met long-serving employees as well as apprentices.

The company donated materials and labour to help clear up and reinstate the Deeside village of Ballater, following floods in 2015.