Dacre Stoker and Cllr Judy Whyte, Provost of Aberdeenshire

Provost of Aberdeenshire Cllr Judy Whyte, Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, parish member of Peterhead South and Cruden, Cllr Stephen Smith, and Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director for the East, were among guests at the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel in Cruden Bay celebrating the historic milestone.

An information board was unveiled by Dacre Stoker at the hotel describing Aberdeenshire’s rich association with Dracula, as nearby Slains Castle was an inspiration in Bram Stoker’s famous novel.

Guests were also treated to Dacre Stoker talking about Bram Stoker and his legacy.

Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director for the East, Dacre Stoker, Cllr Judy Whyte, Provost of Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Provost Cllr Judy Whyte said: ‘Aberdeenshire is a special corner of north-east Scotland with hauntingly beautiful scenery, so it’s easy to see why Bram Stoker was inspired to write many masterful novels.

“It was only fitting that Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew, Dacre, would share details about Bram Stoker and his legacy, as the author inspired many films and books based on the classic work.”

Cllr Ron McKail, Aberdeenshire Deputy Marshal, added: ‘I really hope Dracula’s 125th anniversary will encourage residents and visitors to flock to Buchan to see Dracula’s birthplace for themselves.

“The information board available at the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel will be invaluable in explaining the historic past and offering advice on where to visit.”

Cllr Judy Whyte, Provost of Aberdeenshire, Dacre Stoker, and Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director for the East

Cllr Stephen Smith said: ‘I am privileged to represent the neighborhood where Bram Stoker was inspired to write Dracula all those years ago.

“It is an area rich in history and breathtakingly beautiful.

“I am grateful to everyone who helped make this civic event and anniversary commemoration such a success.”

Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland’s Regional Leadership Director for the East, said: “This anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to highlight Aberdeenshire’s connection to this world-renowned book and iconic literary figure.

“The fact that Bram Stoker’s writings were influenced by the evocative locations and landscapes of the region adds another intriguing dimension to the book.

“2022 marks the year of stories in Scotland. This anniversary is therefore perfect for celebrating the region’s links with this classic novel.

“And we hope that by highlighting these associations with Aberdeenshire, people will come to see for themselves the inspiring places that helped create arguably one of the most famous works of literature ever written.”

For more information on tourism and tourist attractions in Aberdeenshire, please visit www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/aberdeenshire-tourist-and-visitor-information/