Balmoral Estate has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852. The Estate is owned and funded by Her Majesty The Queen, personally rather than as Sovereign. The total annual expenditure of the estate is over £3 million, which is all spent locally. The estates management objectives include providing employment and housing and generating economic activity in the local area, as well as the conservation and regeneration of the natural environment.
The estate comprises 18,659 hectares owned between Balmoral, Birkhall and Glen Doll, 2,940 hectares of grouse moor at Corgarff and 4,688 hectares of sporting rights rented from a neighbour. 3,000 Hectares are afforested and 222 hectares are arable or pasture, with 100 Highland Cattle, and The Queen's Highland, Fell and Haflinger ponies.
Balmoral is a working estate. Deer stalking, grouse shooting, forestry and farming are the main land uses. Parts of the Castle, gardens and exhibitions are open to the public from April to July. The estate provides an important recreational benefit to members of the visiting public and a range of user groups. The geology is mainly granitic and most lies over 1,000 feet above sea level. There are seven Munros, mountains over 3,000 feet.
The aims of the Management of Balmoral Estate are:-
These aims will be achieved by:-
|Balmoral Estate Environmental Visitor Charter
The Balmoral Estate is committed to ensuring that it operates in a sustainable manner, reducing its impact on the environment wherever possible and ensuring that the estate is maintained for all generations to enjoy.
|Balmoral Estate Environmental Policy
The Estate Management is committed to operating the estate in an environmentally sustainable manner and this is achieved by having a range of key mechanisms in place.