Monday, January 4, 2016

Abergeldie Castle Nearly Washed Away by Storm Frank - #ClimateChange

Baron Abergeldie, 76 year old John Gordon and his wife, reportedly left their 16th century tower house when the river was at its height and burst its banks. According to officials, the tower remains under threat as heavy rain continues to hit the region.

It is only a few kilometres from the more famous Balmoral Castle, a major residence of the British royal family in Scotland.
Abergeldie Castle is a four-floor tower house located in Crathie and Braemar parish, SW Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It stands at an altitude of 840 feet, on the south bank of the river Dee, 6 miles above Ballater, and about 2 miles east of the royal residence of Balmoral Castle. Behind it rises Craig-na-Ban, a rounded granite hill about 1736 feet high, and across the river to its front is the cairn-crowned Geallaig, rising to 2439 feet.


Storm Frank Abergeldie Castle nearly washed away by Storm Frank
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The Queen's neighbour in Balmoral has had to leave his historic 450-year-old castle as it is threatened by rising flood waters.

John Seton Howard Gordon, whose 11,687-acre Abergeldie estate is enclosed by Balmoral on three sides, had to flee the castle as it was 'teetering on the brink'.
It sits alongside the River Dee which was turned into a raging torrent after Storm Frank battered Scotland.

As the river burst its banks, it left the castle just feet away from the water's edge.

The historic castle, which is enclosed by Balmoral on three side, sits alongside the River Dee which burst its banks after Storm Frank
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