A Deeside castle has secured £100,000 of funding to help carry out major repair work.
The A-listed Braemar Castle – the only community-managed site of its kind in the UK – requires a major £1.5 million revamp to help fix the roof and chimneys.
The management has already been able to raise £500,000 but is looking for more funds.
And now, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the cash to the 17th-century castle with the potential of a further £480,000 in a future phase of funding.
Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett has congratulated the community in the Scottish Parliament.
He said: “The Royal trail is a huge tourism driver for Aberdeenshire and that will only increase in years to come.
“Therefore, any plans to turn Braemar community Castle into a five-star attraction must be welcomed and merit recognition.”