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Reviewed November 14, 2018

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 the greenhouses and the gift shop was great. We bought a few things, had a cup of tea, and enjoyed the view of the snow coming down.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

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, 60% is outside. You spend about 15 mins in an exhibit room with pictures and other items. You get to walk around the castle and only get to enter one room in the castle which is the ballroom. Clearly a private residence, so it is what it is.
I did enjoy our time, around 2.5 hours in total, walking the grounds, visiting the gardens and greenhouse, not much to see in the winter in the garden. A walk down to the river was nice. Overall, a good 2/3 hours. As said the tour fell a little short and when we listened in to another tour, we picked up a lot of info not shared on our tour.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

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 museum/gallery in the home was also interesting. The castle was not an opulent, immense and showy place; rather it was tasteful and nicely proportioned, and well represented the Royal family. The gardens were wonderful without being too fancy, and the deeply wooded and stream-side walking trails (we hiked 8 miles) were unforgettable ... charming and a bit haunting. A nearby unexpected bonus was the Lochnagar Distilery; the single malt here is fine indeed. And don’t miss a quick tour of the nearby small country church the Queen frequently attends when in the area.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

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, a bit of history ... perfect mix!

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Jure S
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 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 bit disappointed with the lack of exhibitions in the castle, but at least we got to see the ballroom. The cafeteria had good food, however overpriced.
Not sure I’ll go back, but I’ll recommend it.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Kristinmaarie
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