January’s incredible rains washed out the main A93 Braemar to Aberdeen road opposite Abegeldie Castle next to Balmoral.  The River Dee created a new meander where the bank and its road was once straight.  Unfortunately the next and opposite bend washed away 10m of bank and a line of mature trees, reducing the castle’s foundation to a vertical bank of gravel.  Action to restore matters has been remarkably quick; procedures which normally take months or years were bypassed as rapidly as the river.

Photo: Simon Blackett