Published: 13/06/2017 16:31 - Updated: 13/06/2017 16:37

Duke of Rothesay visits Portsoy Sail Loft

PORTSOY’S £1.8 million Sail Loft bunkhouse got the royal seal of approval this afternoon.

Prince Charles meets local schoolchildren. Photo: Lyn MacDonald.
Prince Charles meets local schoolchildren. Photo: Lyn MacDonald.

The Duke of Rothesay officially opened the tourist facility just days after flash flooding hit the four star attraction.

Prince Charles met members of the restoration team who converted the 18th century sailmakers’ cottages into the 25-bed bunkhouse.

During a tour of the Sail Loft, His Royal Highness met donors and supporters and unveiled a plaque to open the bunkhouse.

Opened in February this year the bunkhouse offers accommodation for 25 guests, open-plan communal kitchen, dining area and lounge, drying room, launderette, secure cycle storage and a cycle wash down area.

The kitchen and communal areas were flooded last Wednesday following heavy rain and big efforts have been made to get the bunkhouse back into shape.

Part of the main road leading to the Sail Loft was washed away by the flooding.

The Sail Loft last week surrounded by flood water. Photo: Lyn MacDonald.
The Sail Loft last week surrounded by flood water. Photo: Lyn MacDonald.
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