1400s - the Estate was sold to Alexander
Gordon, 3rd Earl of Huntly.
1400s? - a Church was built in this area
close to the River Dee.
1662 - the Estate was sold to the
Farquharsons of Invery.
1746 - the Jacobite Army was defeated at
Culloden by Inverness. Balmoral was
taken from the Farquharsons at this time as
they supported the Jacobite's.
1748 - work began on Fort George by
Inverness to house Troops to prevent any more
1749 - a Military Road was built leading
north to Fort George, passing through the
Balmoral Estate. Old Invercauld Bridge was part
of this road.
1798 - Balmoral was sold to James Duff, 2nd
Earl of Fife, who leased the estate to Sir
1804 - a small Church was built where
Crathie Kirk stands today.
1845 - John Begg built the Lochnagar
Distillery about 1 mile from Balmoral
1847 - Sir Robert Gordon died.
1848 - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert take
on the lease of Balmoral.
1848 - the Lochnagar Distillery was awarded
its Royal Warrant after Queen Victoria, Prince
Albert, and their Children visited.
1852 - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
bought Balmoral Estate for £32,000.
1856 - the new Balmoral Castle was completed
for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Old
Castle was demolished at this time.
1893 - Crathie Kirk was built in place of
the earlier Church from 1804, with Queen
Victoria laying the foundation stone.
1901 - Queen Victoria dies, leading to her
grandson George V taking over Balmoral.
1937 - George VI becomes King and continues
to use Balmoral for family holidays.
1953 - Queen Elizabeth II becomes Queen with
Balmoral being one of her favourite homes.
1968 - Queen Elizabeth opens Balmoral to the
public for a few months in early summer each
Today - the Castle Grounds, Cafe, and Museum
are open to the public for a few months in
early summer when the Royals are not there.
Ballater is a Town 9 miles east of
Balmoral, where many Royals shop, with the
Train Station there serving as a Museum with a
Royal Carriage. The Town has information on how
the Royals would Travel to the area.