The Balmoral Hotel from the top of the Princes Mall Shopping Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Originally opened in 1902 it was designed by architect W. Hamilton Beattie and was known as the North British Hotel, a traditional railway hotel built for the North British Railway adjacent to their Waverley Railway Station.

It kept the same name until the late 1980s when it was renamed the Balmoral Hotel after refurbishment, despite being located over 100 miles south of Balmoral Castle. For travellers arriving by train, the hotel provided comfortable and elegant lodgings, before they continued their journeys. The building’s architecture is Victorian, influenced by the traditional Scottish baronial style.

The hotel is located in the very heart of the city at 1 Princes Street, the main shopping area overlooking Edinburgh Castle. The Balmoral is a landmark in its own right, its clock tower can be seen from all around. Given that the hotel is adjacent to the station, the clock is always set two minutes fast to ensure that people don’t miss their trains.

In February 2007 it was confirmed that author J.K. Rowling finished the last book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at this hotel. Rowling left a signed statement written on a marble bust of Hermes in her room saying; JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11th Jan 2007.

The Balmoral Hotel is a Category B Listed Building (HB Number 30315).

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.7.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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    INERVISIONSover 4 years ago

    WoW. What a beautiful looking building. Superb image Tom.

  • Thank you, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    Picture Perfect, Tom…. And awesome tribute to this lovely structure!!!! Love the documentation that you have provided….. you have posted Balmoral Castle haven’t you???? And how interesting about J.K.Rowling…. this image and that info about the Harry Potter series sure puts a feather in their cap!!!! Beautiful work!!!!!

  • Thank you Jz, always appreciated …
    Actually, I have never been to Balmoral Castle, it is on my list, perhaps some day.

    – Tom Gomez

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful building ,lovely capture Tom

  • Thank you kindly Trudi …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well captured Tom!
    Lots of old history and some newer history made here as well. Excellent info!

  • Thank you kindly Trish, so glad you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    magnificant capture tom!

  • Thank you dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 4 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank you kindly Vadim …

    – Tom Gomez

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    brilliant tom

  • Cheers Steve/Lesley …

    – Tom Gomez

  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 4 years ago

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 4 years ago

    good hdr as always Tom congrats

  • Cheers philip, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

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