Balmoral Castle can be found near the village of Crathie. It is one of the several residences of the British Royal Family. It was purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Although Balmoral Castle is not part of the Crown Estate, it remains private property of the monarch. When the Queen purchased the castle, she found it too small so it was demolished and a new building was constructed and completed in 1856.
Today, the estate is home not only to the castle, but also to farmland, forestry, grouse moors and herds of Highland Ponies and sheep. It is also the home of many ghosts.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first came to Scotland in 1842, five years after she became the queen and two years after their union. It was in February 1848 when Prince Albert decided to acquire the lease on Balmoral castle, complete with the staff and furniture. It was said that Queen Victoria found the house to be small but pretty. In 1848, William Smith was commissioned to design new ancillary buildings for the castle, as well as improve it. Although William Smith was the architect, Prince Albert amended his designs.
Ghosts of Balmoral Castle
One of the most popular ghosts of Balmoral Castle is that of John Brown. He was the friend of Queen Victoria and he has been seen walking around the castle corridors. John Brown was one of the servants of Balmoral Castle whom Queen Victoria had reportedly fallen in love with. This remains a matter of conjecture but it is said that Queen Elizabeth II has reported seeing the ghost of John Brown on the corridor and feeling his presence. He is said to be always wearing his kilt.