2019 Winter Guided Tours

Join our winter guided tour of the grounds, gardens and exhibitions

Winter guided tours will be available daily from Monday 21st October until Sunday 3rd November and therafter on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays until 14th December.

The only exception to this will be Saturday 9th November - unfortunately closed on this day.

The guided tour lasts approximately one hour and afterwards you are free to wander the grounds and gardens. The tour itself begins with a short film about Balmoral. The film looks at the love and affection that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had for Balmoral and how the current Royal Family still share that feeling. You will find out how the Estate operates today, as a modern working Highland Estate.

We suggest that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the tour time you would like to join.

Your guide will take you into the Balmoral exhibition before heading off to view the Game Larder and Ice House. The highlight for many is to stand on the lawn, right in front of the Castle and admire it in all its glory.

The Ballroom is the room open to visitors in the Castle and your guide will give you plenty of time here as there is a lot to see. The objects in the Ballroom are all brought from within the Castle for display, these are all objects that belong to the Royal Family and normally live on a wall or shelf or cupboard in one of the private rooms.

Please note that the Ballroom is the only room that is open to visitors within the Castle as the other areas are Her Majesty’s private residence.

The guided tours are special as the guides are able to share with you many of the stories, past and present that bring Balmoral to life.

After your tour, tea and filter coffee along with shortbread is available - this is included in your admission charge.

The gift shop at the admissions desk and in the Pipers Hall will also be open, both selling a wide range of gifts both Scottish and Royal.

Admission charges for the Winter Guided Tours including tea or filter coffee are as follows:

Adults - £15.00
Seniors / Students - £14.00
Children (5 to 16 years) - £6.00
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £39.00

Tours take place at 11.00am, 12.00 noon, 1.00pm and the last tour at 2.00pm.

We suggest that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the tour time you would like to join.

Parking is provided by the Estates Office. When you reach Crathie you will find two car parks with a road in the middle. Please take this road, which leads you across the bridge onto the South Deeside road. Directly in front of you is the admissions desk where you can purchse your tickets and gifts. The staff will then give you directions for parking by the Estates Office and The Pipers Hall, where the tours start from.

The gift shop and toilet facilities are located in The Pipers Hall and your tea and coffee with shortbread will be available for café area. The café at Balmoral is not open for Winter Guided Tours. There are excellent cafes and free parking in both Ballater and Braemar, approximately 8 miles east and west of Balmoral on the A93.

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your tour start as it takes time for you to purchase your tickets and park.

Balmoral Castle

 We want you to get the most from your visit so please read the following !

  • The tours are walking tours and just over 400 meters of walking is involved; mostly flat with the odd slight gradient. The surface is mostly tarmac and all entrances to exhibitions are ramped.
  • 60% of the tour is outside and 40% inside. Please ensure that you bring suitable outdoor clothing, dress warmly and have suitable footwear for walking outdoors on uneven surfaces.
  • We have Battricars and also wheelchairs which are available for customers to borrow at no extra charge. If you would like to borrow one of these please let the person at the gift shop know when you purchase your tickets.
  • If you have any other questions relating to access on our tours please contact us at info@balmoralcastle.com and we will do our utmost to accommodate your needs.