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 Castles of Scotland - Balmoral Castle






Location
Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Description
Balmoral Castle is a large estate house on Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire. The estate covers about 50,000 acres. The castle is privately owned by the British royal family. The castle grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and the coffee shop are open to the public.

History
The Balmoral Estate was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, and has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since. The Castle now on the site was completed in 1856 (an older castle was demolished after completion of the new building).


Other Castles in the Area
  Abergeldie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Braemar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Corgarff Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Glenbuchat Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Invercauld House, Aberdeenshire
  Invermark Castle, Angus
  Kildrummy Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Kindrochit Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Knock Castle, Aberdeenshire







Knock Castle
Scottish Baronial Balmoral Castle. Turrets, corbelling, corbie-stepped gables and a porte-cochere so the Royalty can get out of their carriages without getting wet.

Photograph by Colin Smith. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Knock Castle
Balmoral Castle from the South-east. The gardens are open to the public before the Queen arrives for her late summer holidays.

Photograph by Colin Smith. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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