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Scottish Castles: Balmoral

Jul 17, 2008
The tourist industry is now so great in Scotland that it is a major part of the nation's economy. Part of the nation's appeal is it's wonderful countryside but it is Scotland's incredible history which helps create a vacation that is full of excitement, exploration and adventure. One of the main Scottish tourist attractions is Edinburgh Castle but there are a great many more castles in Scotland open to the public including Balmoral Castle in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire.

Following the Union of the Crowns, in 1603, Royal Family of Great Britain seemed to have lost all interest in Scotland. However, in 1822, Sir Walter Scott organized a trip to Scotland for King George IV which became known as the "one and twenty daft days". Scott ensured the visit was a rich pageant incorporating all of his romantic ideas of medieval Scotland.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as had the whole of society, had been heavily influenced by Sir Walter Scott's novels which gave Scotland a romantic appeal. During his trip to Scotland George IV had stayed at Balmoral Estate. The estate dates back to 1390 and was where King Robert II of Scotland had once had a hunting lodge. These facts, and the favorable report from the doctor (Sir James Clark) led Queen Victoria to hire the estate, for their vacation, sight unseen.

Balmoral could not be more different than the places they had been used to but the couple fell in love with the place. Though the property in which they stayed was small, especially by comparison, Victoria and Albert enjoyed themselves immensely often taking long country walks together. It was not long before the estate became their favorite place and, in 1852, Prince Albert parted with roughly 30,000 to buy it outright.

The Royal Family had grown and it was abundantly clear that a new, larger, building was needed desperately. The new residence was to be much larger and named Balmoral Castle. The architect, William Smith from Aberdeen, designed the castle which was completed in 1856.

Ever since the Balmoral estate became the private property of Prince Albert it has remained the private property of the British Royal Family and is not considered part of the royal estate. Today the working estate consists of over 100 buildings spread over an area of some 50,000 acres of land.

Balmoral Castle had witnessed some momentous personal moments in the history of the royal family. Of course Victoria and Albert had many happy memories and this was, most probably, the main reason why she spent so much time there following the death of Albert in 1861. In 1997 Queen Elizabeth II was heavily criticized in the British press for staying there rather than returning to London following the death of Diana the Princess of Wales. The 2006 movie "The Queen" highlighted this tragic period superbly and went some way in explaining her behaviour.

The royal family of Great Britain can easily afford to take the finest vacations. Indeed they spend a great deal of time traveling the globe and maybe this is the reason why Scotland has always appeared to be a place of private refuge. The present royal family of Queen Elizabeth II often visit remote Scottish islands such as the Isle of Harris in the Western Isles but it is their association with the Balmoral estate which is most widely known.
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