Original purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, Balmoral has been the main Scottish home for the Royal family ever since (Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh is mainly only used for ceremonial purposes). It is open to the public from 1st April to 31st July. A significant proportion of the Estate is also open to the public via the The Spittal of Glen Muick where there is a ranger service and walks up the seven Munro's that are situated within the estate. The closest town to the Castle is Ballater and is remarkeable for the quantity of businesses with Royal Warrants displayed outside.
Things to do in Balmoral
The Old Royal Station
TThe Old Royal Station in the village of Ballater based in Aberdeenshire has had a long and eventful history, with its latest transformation into a great Scottish café, tearoom and restuarant ensuring its rightful place in the heart of the community.
Balmoral Castle is a large manor house situated halfway between the towns of Braemar and Ballater, on the banks of the River Dee, in the Scottish region of Aberdeenshire, also known as Royal Deeside. The property was purchased by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Queen Victoria's husband, and remains a favorite summer residence of the British Royal Family.