Local communities across Kincardineshire and the Mearns are being left without a bank branches.
Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale and Royal Bank of Scotland have all closed branches throughout Kincradineshire and the Mearns in the last three years.
Stonehaven has kept at least one bank, but smaller towns such as Laurencekirk and Inverbervie have been left without any permanent banking facilities.
One resident of Auchenblae said they now had to travel to Aberdeen, after Royal Bank of Scotland closed its branches in Stonehaven and Banchory in October of 2017.
Two years earlier, RBS closed branches in Brechin and Laurencekirk.
Many banks have reported a lower number of customers using branches over recent years
RBS has said counter transactions in the Stonehaven branch decreased by 43% from 2010 to 2017. However some elderly residents have expressed a preference to face-to-face banking.
In many instances the Post Office has been acted as a replacement for the traditional bank branch, and most now offer cheque-cashing, cash depositing, balance checking and cash withdrawals.
In November, RBS announced they would close a further 10 banks across Scotland.
RBS closed their two remaining branches in Mearns and Kincardineshire last October, leaving these communities with a twice-a-week mobile bank.
Mobile banking facilities are often described as “severely substandard” and residents say they “don’t adequately address the needs of communities.”
Opening times for mobile banks in Stonehaven and Banchory often fall during the working day, preventing many people from visiting should they happen to bank with RBS.