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Balmoral is the Scottish home of the British Royal Family. The Castle Ballroom, gardens and exhibitions are open from the 29th March until the 31st July. Visitors are able to view the Castle Ballroom, the largest room in the Castle, used for a...more
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have an interest in the Royal family, History or Castles, this is a must visit. You are free to walk the gardens which are massive and go into one small part of the castle. Loads of History here and very beautiful. Great for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Andrea K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had such a lovely visit to Balmoral Castle. The audio guides were very nice to have and we enjoyed walking the grounds, even as it began to snow! Being from Texas and not seeing much snow, we were so excited about it! I loved...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really wanted to give to give this 5 out of 5, but 4 it is I felt the tour fell a little short on others we have done within Aberdeenshire. £15 for the winter tour gives you a tour guide lasting about 60 mins,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jamesbond007_10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our small walking group decided to visit Balmoral, and it surpassed our expectations. First, the price was reasonable and staff cordial. Second, the house and grounds were very pleasant and welcoming; I think we had feared it might be quite stuffy and restrictive. The small...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank CarolinaTrekkers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting the Balmoral Castle was pretty high on our priority list while having a Scotland road trip ... and we never regret it. Although we expected a little closer look to their private accommodation, we were satisfied with what we saw. Great architecture, beautiful gardens,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jure S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went to balmoral without checking it out beforehand, so we thought the garden would be free but we had to get tickets, so after driving for hours we weren’t leaving without seeing it. The castle is pretty, and the garden is so beautiful. A...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kristinmaarie
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Did not make it to the Castle unfortunately. Had a winter tour booked as we were in Scotland on holiday. Staying in Inverness so 2+ hour drive each way to Balmoral. A few miles away, the Road was shut due to snow. On my ticket...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Leighrache
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Before you go to Balmoral, remember that this is the private residence of the royal family, and you are not going to get to tour their private apartments. The tour was informative enough, lots of information about the history of the site, the building of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

Having been round Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, Windsor Castle and Clarence House we were really looking forward to our tour of Balmoral Castle. Must admit I hadn’t read the reviews prior to going so ended up very disappointed when the only room we got to see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PatrickM79
Reviewed October 5, 2018

I have tried to be objective and compare Balmoral with Sandringham, the Queen's other private house, which is very close to where I was born and grew up. On that basis, Sandringham offers much the better visitor experience of the two in my opinion. There...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Theresa B
May 22, 2018|
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Response from Susan P |
The castle was built for privacy, so it is not visible from the road and the Police do not allow stopping. The only way to photo the castle is when it is open.
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May 12, 2018|
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It is not possible to see Balmoral Castle from the road, bridge or car park. You could try swimming across a very fast flowing river with rapids but wouldn't recommend it!!!! The entrance fee is a little expensive for just... More
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April 28, 2018|
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Response from Heather A | Reviewed this property |
It won’t be sold out, just buy your tickets on arrival.
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Amanda A
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Help with 5 day Itinerary for Scotland! (9 Replies)
We are doing a Scotland and Ireland trip and I need some help with the Scotland portion. There is just SO much to see, but we only have a little time for vacation. We are most interested in seeing history, scenic sites, castles, distilleries. Don't care too much for just wandering big cities, shopping, etc. It will just be my husband and I and we are both in our early 30s. Here is what I'm thinking so far, but I definitely feel it may be too much. So would like advice to where to cut back...More
March 19, 2015|
Response frommadscotsman115|
Define Hike Ben Nevis? What time of year are we talking about here as daylight hours will determine how long you are up the Mountain, it is the highest in Britain!!! By the time you tour Speyside and Balmoral you will be to far north to spend the Night in Perth! So spend the night in Speyside!
Dreaming08
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5 days touring scotland self drive or train and tour (2 Replies)
In May this year, we arrive in Aberdeen at 1.00pm on Day 1 and have days 2,3,4 to tour Scotland before leaving Aberdeen on Day 5. We would like to get to Edinburgh in that time, as well as visit places like Glenfiddich, St Andrews, Balmoral Castle etc. Is a self drive tour the way to go? or do you think we could take a train to Edinburgh? What is the best website I can look at the get itinerary ideas? Any help is appreciated.
February 05, 2008|
Response fromEssexWanderer|
YES!!! Drive yourself, much better!
missmo52
Chester, United Kingdom
driving from Inverness to Edinburgh on last leg of road trip (7 Replies)
Just wondering after being to Inverness on our June trip before I book hotels in Edinburgh is it worth stopping on route to Edinburgh overnight or for a couple of days. The plan was to leave Inverness and stop for a look around Balmoral castle, Braemar is not really accessible for us as we have a wheelchair and I believe there are some steps, so we were just going to do Balmoral for a couple of hours and continue on route to Edinburgh. Any suggestions would be appreciated xxx
February 15, 2017|
Response fromsownack|
Balmoral Castle would be fine for a visit if one of your party uses a wheelchair. Everything there which is open to the public is accessible by wheelchair. Braemar Castle would certainly provide access issues for you. The villages of Braemar and Ballater are worth a visit if you have time for a look see and I'd always recommend anyone stop at The Bothy in Braemar for a light lunch or coffee and cakes. With the long June days at your disposal you have plenty of time to arrive at your...More