Intervention from Prince Charles has helped save a castle left teetering on the brink of destruction after floods almost swept away a river bank last December.
The future of Abergeldie Castle, pictured, was in doubt when devastating floods swept through Royal Deeside last winter.
John Gordon and his wife sought refuge at a neighbour’s house after a 1,500ft stretch of embankment next to the castle was washed away by the swollen River Dee. The nearby village of Ballater was also badly affected with 307 homes evacuated and 60 businesses devastated in the aftermath of the December 30 deluge.
The Duke of Rothesay, as the prince is known in Scotland, was staying at Birkhall on Balmoral Estate at the time. He quickly stepped in to help his flood-stricken neighbours with charitable donations and supplies.
The prince was believed to be among those who donated cash to save the Deeside landmark.
Tonnes of rock was piled up on the ruined riverbank in the wake of the destruction wrought by Storm Frank.
The rocky 20ft wide embankment has now been completely filled in and covered with soil.