Balmoral Castle

Scots Baronial Architecture

This is a home to the Scottish Royal family during August, September and October. So it is closed to the public for those months.

New Castle was completed in 1856 and on the site of an older castle

They have guided tours of the grounds which last about an hour and end with tea or coffee with shortbread. They also have safari tours of the parklands and gardens.

 

Scottish Baronial Castles 1250-1450

Devastated by the civil wars of the 17th century or by the neglect and deliberate destruction of their owners who saw them as archaic and barbaric, the vast majority of Scottish baronial castles built between 1250 and 1450 survive as little more than skeletal ruins. These reminders of Scotland's past have captured the imaginations of romantics, artists, writers and tourists since the late 18th century. Often set in spectacular surroundings, on cliff-tops, islands, and gorges, their ruined grandeur evokes a medieval world of sieges, banquets and murders, and provides a rare physical link with the Anglo-Scottish wars of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

 

 

 

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