The soon-to-open Restoration Yard at Dalkeith Country Park received a royal guest last week.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester saw first hand the multi-million pound investment to create a new store, café and wellness space to the park.
As well as boosting the local economy, the redevelopment will create 40 new full-time equivalent jobs to service an estimated 300,000 annual visitors.
The Duke unveiled a plaque acknowledging the extensive history of the Stableyard, which dates back to the 1700s, and the beginning of a new chapter, with the opening of the Restoration Yard and Fort Douglas adventure playground scheduled for July 25.
He was welcomed by Lord Damian Scott, who is leading the project on behalf of the Buccleuch family, and Duncan Mackison, Buccleuch chief operations officer.
The Duke also met project partners, who have played an integral role in the redevelopment including Amanda Pratt, designer and previous owner of Ireland’s leading retail and food experience, Avoca, and representatives from construction firm Taylor & Fraser.
Lord Damian Scott said: “It was an honour to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to Dalkeith Country Park. The plaque unveiling marks the restoration of these beautiful 18th-century stableyard buildings and sets the scene for an exciting new era of operations within the park.”
The Duke of Gloucester concluded his visit with lunch in the Boudoir, the Restoration Yard’s private dining room, which will be available to hire for functions. On the menu was produce from across Buccleuch’s estates including locally-sourced salad and venison.