Welcome to Balmoral
The Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family

Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar is the Balmoral Estate.Balmoral Castle

In her journals Queen Victoria described Balmoral as "my dear paradise in the Highlands" - we hope you will feel the same way about Balmoral once you have visited this most special place.

Richard R Gledson
Resident Factor, Balmoral Estates

2016 opening times . . .

In 2016 the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and coffee shop will be open to the Public on a daily basis from Friday 25th March until Sunday 31st July.  

Opening times are from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. however please note that the last recommended admission is at 4.30 p.m. approximately.

Sunday 15th May 2016

Join us on the lawn at Balmoral as we enjoy the broadcast of The Queen's Birthday Celebration event staged at Windsor Castle.   The live programme will be beamed on to a giant screen in front of the Castle. 

This event will be a celebration of The Queen’s life, her love of horses, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs and her deep involvement with the Navy, Army and Air Force.
Balmoral Castle

Over 90 minutes, 900 horses and more than 1,500 participants from around the United Kingdom and the World will create a joyful event for The Queen. The 90-year journey will take us from the excitement of the birth, through to World War Two, her marriage, the coronation and a reign of more than 60 years. The Celebration will use horses, actors, bands and dancers to tell the story.

The celebration will be created by the team that organised the successful Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Windsor in 2012. This time, technology will play an important part in the celebration. The 90-minute experience will be a fusion of the latest video projection, LED effects and theatrical lighting. The finale will be a kaleidoscope of memories and achievements.

Admission for the evening event will be free of charge - all you need do is purchase your parking ticket for the event, which costs £5.00 per car.

Parking tickets are available from the Balmoral Online Gift Shop 

A safari tour at Balmoral

Accompany one of our guides on a fascinating safari tour of Balmoral Estate. The safari tour takes you through the manicured parkland and gardens in front of Balmoral Castle. You then travel through the Estate farm to enter the old Caledonian Pine Forest. This is one of the country's most important habitats and home to the elusive capercaillie.

The safari tours last approximately three hours and cost £60 per person.

If weather conditions are suitable they will also be available on weekdays in late October, November and early December.

Safari Tour

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