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HRH The Prince of Wales visits Caithness

31st July 2015

The Prince of Wales visits Rock Rose Gin

The Prince of Wales visits the Rock Rose Gin

HRH The Prince of Wales, known as The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, visited local organisations and businesses on a visit to the Castle of Mey.

The Duke of Rothesay visited the North Highland College, University of the Highlands and Islands where he learnt about the work of its Environmental Research Institute. HRH was shown research into micro-plastics in the ocean, pharmaceuticals in the environment and the migratory habits of salmon. ERI seeks to advance the understanding of contemporary environmental issues through high calibre research (including knowledge exchange), enterprise (including commercial and consultancy), learning and teaching and outreach activity.

The Duke of Rothesay then visited the Society of Artists' Exhibition at Thurso High School. The Society is celebrating its 80th anniversary and the exhibition includes two of His Royal Highness's paintings. The Exhibition is open to all artists with a Caithness connection.

Finally, The Duke of Rothesay ended his day at Rock Rose Gin, an independent distillery run by a local couple which opened in 2014. Rock Rose Gin produces two types of gin using ingredients foraged, wherever possible, from the nearby coastline. The distillery has its own small botanicals dome but is also engaged in a juniper regeneration project with the Caithness Biodiversity Group to try and bring back fruit-bearing juniper trees to the area.