Balmoral castle was built in the 15th century and has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852. The original castle was considered too small for the needs of the Royal Family and under the supervision of Prince Albert a new building was designed. The castle was built from granite from the neighbouring quarries of Glen Gelder, which produced a near white stone. On 28th September 1853 the foundation stone of the new castle was laid by Queen Victoria and building was finally completed in 1856. The original castle was demolished and the position of the front door of the old castle is marked by a plaque on the front lawn. When Queen Victoria died in 1901 Balmoral Estates passed, under the terms of her will, to King Edward VII, and from him to each of his successors. Balmoral Estates has been more than just a favourite home to successive generations of the Royal Family.
The castle is open to the public during the following period: Thursday 12th April 2001 until Tuesday 31st July 2001 and is open daily between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.