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Purchase Cairn

The most northerly and oldest of a fine collection of commemorative cairns within the policies of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, the Purchase Cairn is located on a northern summit of Craig Gowan and celebrates the purchase of the castle and estate by Prince Albert on 11th October, 1852. Shaped like a giant haystack, the first stone was placed by Queen Victoria, the second by Albert and others by their children and estate-workers. it offers an excellent view over the Dee Valley to the east.


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