King Charles to visit Scottish village which tackled economic issues

Charles will visit Tomintoul and will be welcomed by primary school children and community stalwarts.

King Charles to visit Highlands highest village Tomintoul in Cairngorms which tackled economic issues PA Media

The King is to visit the highest village in highland Scotland which has been working to reverse economic problems.

Charles, who is on his summer break at the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, will visit Tomintoul in the Cairngorms National Park and will be welcomed by primary school children and community stalwarts.

The settlement dates from the 1750s, and now has 750 villagers after the community worked to address socio-economic problems including lack of development, an ageing population, and unaffordable housing.

In 2012, the community had less than 400 villagers and faced multiple hospitality businesses closing, but rallied to address the issues.

As a result it formed the Glenlivet Development Trust, which instigated a £3.3m energy-efficient housing development, the Auld School Close, on the site of a derelict school.

The Development Trust bought the land and now 12 affordable energy-efficient homes are being built, which Charles will visit.

It also bought a former museum and turned it into the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Discovery Centre, where Charles will be shown a coat believed to have belonged to a Customs Officer in the 1820s during the era of whisky smuggling.

The centre also houses the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Community Larder, which operates as a food bank.

Charles will be welcomed by children from Tomintoul Primary School and will speak to board members of the Development Trust, as well as contractors and council workers.

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