This part of the Highlands has a rugged beauty with lower temperatures than most parts and a very short Summer!
Prince Albert set about 'modernising' the old house, by building a new granite castle next to it, incorporating the Keep (original tower).
There is a charming glass house and vegetable garden which supplies potted plants in flower to every room in the Castle when the Royals are in residence, and changed weekly.
Going down to Balmoral I took a few pictures to show how this landscape looks!
The town below is Braemar which is close to Balmoral and is well known for the Braemar Highland Games which the Queen attends most years.
On the way we passed this very old Pack Horse bridge at Glenlivet.