Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle is located in stunning Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire. Balmoral Castle is one of two personal and private residences owned by The Royal Family, unlike the Royal Palaces, that belong to the Crown.

It is the Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family and they are regulars at the church services in nearby Crathie & visitors to local villages such as Ballater. Prince Charles even has a restaurant in the village.

There are many different entry ticket options available from general admission , coffee and cake ticket, afternoon tea ticket to Balmoral Expedition Tour

Also look out for special events through the summer !

Little bit of History

The original Castle was built in the fifteenth century and consisted of a square tower with battlements and a thick stone wall surrounding a small square. By 1746 a house had been added to it by the Farquharson’s of Inverey. When Sir Robert Gordon acquired the lease in 1830 he demolished most of the building, reconstructing it as a small castle in the Scottish Baronial Style.

After Queen Victoria bought the Castle in 1852, plans were made to build a new castle about 100 yards north-west of the old building designed by the city of Aberdeen architect William Smith.

On the 28th September 1853 the foundation stone of the new Castle was laid by Queen Victoria. Prince Albert took a great interest in the design and construction which was completed by 1856, also in the Scottish Baronial style.

Balmoral Estate

Balmoral is not just about Balmoral Castle !

Balmoral Estate has a very appealing location amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside and is located about midway between the villages of Braemar and Ballater. It is easy to understand why it became a favourite holiday retreat of the Royal family.

The Balmoral Pyramid, known as Prince Albert’s Cairn is surrounded by majestic countryside and is a must see when in Royal Deeside.

Braemar Castle is 6 miles from Balmoral Castle and the village of Braemar is picture postcard.

Visit in September and take in the world famous Braemar Gathering , another chance to spot a Royal or two !

Balmoral Castle Distance from Harestone Moss

1 Hour 15 minutes

Entry Price

Adult – £15

Child (age 5 – 16) – £6

+ booking fee per ticket (7.5%)

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