Balmoral is the Royal Family's main holiday residence in Scotland, with the estate first purchased from Lord Aberdeen during Queen Victoria's reign. The castle you see today was built during the next decade: a beautiful building in Scots Baronial style, smaller than you might expect. Be aware: most of the castle itself (apart from the Ballroom) isn't open to the public. Various exhibitions and extensive grounds form part of the package, but the admission price still seems quite high in terms of what you get in return.
Name: Balmoral Castle ★★★☆☆
Location: Off the B976 at Crathie, G.R. NO 254950 / secret tunes rules
Open (2017): Daily, April to July
Cost (2017): £11.50 (adults), £5 (children)
Anything else? Parking (with charge) at the A93 / B976 junction, with a 15-min walk to the castle.