This evening, I am posting a video clip of Balmoral Castle which has been the official Highland residence of the Royal Family since Prince Albert bought the estate in 1852, a purchase which acted as a catalyst to tourism in Scotland. The original castle was too small for royal needs, and demolished in favour of a new building.The new castle was designed by Prince Albert and William Smith of Aberdeen and was completed in 1855. Whilst the extensive grounds and gardens are open to visitors at prescribed times, only the ballroom is accessible to visitors.. This features an exhibition of paintings, tartans and a selection of royal items. The garden contains a glasshouse, conservatory, water and kitchen areas.

The River Dee flows through the area which, because of the Royal connection, has become known as Royal Deeside. Here is a clip of the River Dee at Balmoral.

Overall, Balmoral Castle is worthy of a visit but visitors should remember that the Castle proper is not open to the public.
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