Welcome to Balmoral

Balmoral Castle is the Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family and is currently closed to the Public.


In 2022 the grounds, gardens, exhibitions and restaurant will open to the Public from Friday 1st April until Tuesday 2nd August.

You can sign up to our mailing list to receive details about opening times, holiday cottages, expedition tours, salmon fishing and special offers.

Good To Go Certificate

This accolade demonstrates that we are adhering to the new Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and the required processes in place.

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Current Details

Please note that Balmoral is currently closed to the Public.

However the Post Office and gift shop at Crathie are currently open from 1000 until 1200, Monday to Friday only. 30 minutes of free parking is available for visiting the Post Office and gift shop.

Balmoral Expedition Tours

Expedition Tours

This year Balmoral Expedition Tours will be available from Friday 1st April until Tuesday 2nd August.

These Landrover Tours last two hours and are a wonderful expedition for you to enjoy as a social household bubble (maximum of five people).

Online Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

View and purchase gifts from our new Balmoral Blue range - an exclusive tweed inspired by the colours at Balmoral and the River Dee.

Selection includes Leather Guild and Johnsons of Elgin products together with our our Balmoral whisky, gin and beer.

Balmoral - a very special place

Holiday Cottages

Holiday Cottages

At Balmoral we have a range of well appointed and comfortable holiday cottages available.

Colt Cottages, Connachat, Garbh Allt Shiel, Karim, 1 Knock, Rhebreck Lodge, Sterinbeg and Strath A'an are available throughout the year while Tigh na Garaidh is available over the winter months.

Cairns Walk

Cairns Walk

The Balmoral Cairns Walk and the Albert’s Pyramid Walk are currently available with parking in the car park next to the A93 at Crathie (£5 charge).

Please be aware that due to the level of use the condition of these paths has deteriorated. Please take care as some sections of path are now very muddy.

Squirrel Cam

Squirrel Cam

At Balmoral we have some very special residents - our red squirrels.

The red squirrel is one of Scotland's favourite mammals but it is declining in numbers and classified as an endangered species. At Balmoral we are lucky to have several scurries of squirrels and you can watch them feeding.

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