Thursday, March 10, 2011

BALMORAL CASTLE

Considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Balmoral Castle is also one of the favorite royal landmarks in the United Kingdom.

It is one royal residence which continues to fascinate people around the world because of its unique location between hills and woodlands. It is located in the beautiful scenery of the River Dee in Scotland, just few miles from St. Andrews.

This royal abode came into the British royal family in 1848 when Queen Victoria purchased the estate for her sickly husband, Prince Albert. It became their temporary home during the Crimean War.

Balmoral Castle is one of the favorite royal residences of Prince Charles because of its spectacular views of the mountains and countryside, the Prince of Wales is known for his love of the countryside, hunting and farming and Balmoral offers all the comfort of a country life. The estate is surrounded with magnificent heather, rolling hills and woodlands, it is where the goose hunting expedition of the royal family mostly organized.

The castle has a very romantic setting, shrouded with spectacular green forest, neatly trimmed lawn, flowers, plants and gardens. It is open to the public except for August and September when the royal family is in residence. The castle has a coffee shop, gift shop, exhibition galleries and cottages, visitors can go horseback riding, do some outdoor adventure and salmon fishing in the nearby River Dee.

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