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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were so enchanted by Scotland that they decided to find a holiday home in Aberdeenshire.


Surrounded by lochs, mountains and moors, Balmoral castle sits on the banks of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire. It offers a private refuge far from the public eye, and is where the royal couple could indulge their passion for Highland life; from tartans and bagpipes to picnics and porridge.


Balmoral played a key part in establishing a social phenomenon that shaped our view of Scottish culture and identity, both real and invented.

18 artworks
  • Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire
    James Cassie (1819–1879)
    Oil on canvas
    H 61.6 x W 91.7 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Deer 1854
    James Giles (1801–1870)
    Oil on panel
    H 45.6 x W 61 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Deer
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Queen Victoria (1819–1901) 1848
    Herbert Luther Smith (1811–1870)
    Oil on canvas
    H 270 x W 159 cm
    Aberdeen City Council Collection
    Queen Victoria (1819–1901)
    Photo credit: Aberdeen City Council Collection

  • Highland Gathering at Balmoral 1869
    Samuel Bough (1822–1878)
    Watercolour on paper
    H 26.5 x W 46.9 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Highland Gathering at Balmoral
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • The Visit of Queen Victoria to the International Exhibition, Glasgow 1888
    John Lavery (1856–1941)
    Oil on canvas
    H 63.5 x W 76.9 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    The Visit of Queen Victoria to the International Exhibition, Glasgow
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Flood in the Highlands
    Edwin Henry Landseer (1802–1873)
    Oil on canvas
    H 177.8 x W 312.7 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Flood in the Highlands
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Afterglow 1912
    Joseph Farquharson (1846–1935)
    Oil on canvas
    H 152 x W 106.8 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Afterglow
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • The Highland Home 1845
    John Phillip (1817–1867)
    Oil on panel
    H 44.7 x W 60.8 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    The Highland Home
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • 'O Nannie, wilt thou gang wi'me' 1859
    John Phillip (1817–1867)
    Oil on canvas
    H 68.8 x W 53 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    'O Nannie, wilt thou gang wi'me'
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Baptism in Scotland 1850
    John Phillip (1817–1867)
    Oil on canvas
    H 106.7 x W 157.4 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Baptism in Scotland
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Stalking in the Highlands 1853
    James Giles (1801–1870)
    Watercolour on paper
    H 48.5 x W 72.3 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Stalking in the Highlands
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Loch Duich and the Five Sisters c.1905
    Joseph Farquharson (1846–1935)
    Oil on canvas
    H 50.3 x W 76 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Loch Duich and the Five Sisters
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • The Border Widow 1861
    William Bell Scott (1811–1890)
    Oil on canvas
    H 74.6 x W 56 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    The Border Widow
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Tussle for the Keg
    John Pettie (1839–1893)
    Oil on canvas
    H 56.2 x W 45 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Tussle for the Keg
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Spate in the Highlands 1868
    Peter Graham (1836–1921)
    Oil on canvas
    H 51 x W 76.3 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Spate in the Highlands
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Highland Mary 1857
    Thomas Faed (1825/1826–1900)
    Oil on canvas
    H 72.2 x W 55.5 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Highland Mary
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Braemar Highland Games 1898
    John Mitchell (1838–1926)
    Watercolour on paper
    H 39.2 x W 55.5 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Braemar Highland Games
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • The Marriage of the Princess Royal 1858
    John Phillip (1817–1867)
    Oil on panel
    H 39.1 x W 67.6 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    The Marriage of the Princess Royal
    Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums