Dean’s of Huntly has opened what is claimed to be Scotland’s first-ever shortbread visitor centre.

The development, located just off the main Aberdeen-Inverness road, also includes a café-bistro and shop.

Managing director Bill Dean commented: "We are currently producing shortbread 24 hours a day and visitors will get the chance to find out about its history, our company history and see how this national delicacy is made. The café and bistro will then give them a chance to sample it." He added that the new visitor centre would hopefully "put shortbread up there with whisky and castle trails" on the tourist circuit.

Dean’s produces approximately 69 million biscuits a year.