Location : Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Details : The first mention of the area occurs in 1484 when a small tower house is mentioned. During the early 19th century a mansion was built at Balmoral by John Smith, an Aberdeen architect. However, in 1848 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Balmoral for the first time to view the property they had bought but never seen. In 1856 Prince Albert had the mansion demolished and replaced by a castle in the neo-Gothic, ‘Scottish Baronial’ style.
Paranormal Phenomena : The Queen is reported to have seen the ghost of John Brown, friend of Queen Victoria, walking the corridors of Balmoral Castle.