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Aberdeenshire castle passed on to the next generation

By David Porter

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The owners of Kincardine Castle, near Aboyne have passed on the historic building to the next generation after over 40 years of stewardship of the property.

Husband and wife Andrew and Nicky Bradford, whose home has been the popular backdrop for many north-east events over the years took to social media to make the announcement.

The couple said: "Dear friends, after 40+ years at the helm it is time for us to hand over the castle and estate to the next generation of our family.

"At the end of the month our son Edward, his wife Rose and their children will move into Kincardine Castle and take on the management of the estate.

"I’m sure you all appreciate that it takes a high degree of passion to tackle the continual challenges presented by the castle and estate.

"After such a long time it is hard to let go, however we must if future generations are to acquire that same enthusiasm about this very special place.

"During our time here we have always regarded ourselves not simply as owners but as stewards, responsible for the trust placed in us by previous generations to improve the estate for those who will follow and always having an awareness of how (within the constraints of keeping the estate viable) our activities can support the wider community.

"It has been a huge privilege to have done this for so long, but also an enormous responsibility.

"This changing-of-the-guard is an opportunity to express our profound thanks to those who have lived and worked with us on the estate through thick and thin, to the kind people of ‘Kinker’ and to all of you from all over the world who have come to stay at the castle and supported our hospitality and tourism businesses over the years.

"With very best wishes Andrew and Nicky Bradford."

The site will once again provide the backdrop for motoring fans in the coming months when the Royal Deeside Motor Show takes place in August

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