Visit Balmoral Castle in Royal Deeside
Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar is Balmoral Estate and Balmoral Castle, the Highland home of the Queen. In her Majesty's absence, the castle is shown to visitors only on the presentation of a written orde.
The property consists of about 50,000 acres, which belonged formerly to the Earl of Fife, but which, in 1852, became the property of the Crown by the payment of £ 32,000. The castle itself, which is of light Scotch granite, was erected by the Prince Consort at his own expense
Nearby is Crathie Church, where the Queen attends divine service; and a mile and a half away is Abergeldie Castle, a favourite "Shooting-box" and summer residence of the Prince of Wales
The adjoining country is of great beauty, and the Castle itself resembles a gem in a most attractive setting. At one end of the building is an exceedingly picturesque tower about 100 feet in height, commanding an enchanting view. The neighbourhood also abounds in opportunities not merely for hunting, but for enjoyable excursions among the Highlands, particularly to that grand old mountain Lochnagar, 3,800 feet high, called by the Queen her "Mountain Jewel"
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