The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
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Balmoral Castle

Kincardine & Deeside: About 7 miles west of Ballater, on minor road south of A93, 0.5 miles west of Crathie, on south bank of River Dee, at Balmoral.

 

Private   NO 255952   OS: 44   AB35 5TB

 

OPEN: Gardens, grounds and exhibitions open Apr-Jul 10.00-17.00 (check opening); last recommended admission 16.00. Winter guided tours. Holiday cottages.
Tel: 01339 742534   Web: www.balmoralcastle.com 

Balmoral Castle is a large rambling mansion in with lovely gardens and grounds in a beautiful mountainous location, built by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and still a royal residence used by Queen Elizabeth II, near Crathie and Ballater in Royal Deesid Balmoral Castle (old postcard)

Site of 16th-century tower house. The old castle was replaced by Balmoral Castle, a large castellated mansion dominated by a tall turreted and battlemented tower, which became the holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The old castle consisted of a tower, square in plan, with bartizans at three of the corners, as well as a walled courtyard and later additions.

Balmoral Castle is a large rambling mansion in with lovely gardens and grounds in a beautiful mountainous location, built by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and still a royal residence used by Queen Elizabeth II, near Crathie and Ballater in Royal Deesid Balmoral Castle (old postcard)

Robert II had a hunting seat here, but in 1390 the Drummonds built a stone castle. The property was acquired by the Gordon Earls of Huntly, but passed to the Farquharsons of Inverey in 1662. James Farquharson of Balmoral was a Jacobite and supported Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Balmoral Castle is a large rambling mansion in with lovely gardens and grounds in a beautiful mountainous location, built by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and still a royal residence used by Queen Elizabeth II, near Crathie and Ballater in Royal Deesid Balmoral Castle (old postcard)

The Farquharsons got into debt, and had to sell the lands in 1798, probably back to the Gordons who owned it in 1852. That year it was sold to Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria, and in 1855 he had the present castle built. It is regularly used by the royal family.

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