If you’re looking for storybook beauty, then look no further than Balmoral Castle. In fact, most storybooks would fall short of describing the picturesque castle and grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Balmoral was purchased by Queen Victoria to be used as the Royal Residence in Scotland in 1848, and likely because of that, it has been meticulously cared for and maintained to this day. Set in the beautiful Scottish highlands, Balmoral is made up of the castle, extensive grounds and gardens, multiple guest cottages, and stables, lending itself to a vast array of activities and options for visitors.
Because Balmoral is still maintained as a royal residence, it is not always completely open to visitors, so be sure to check before you plan your visit. Yet there is always something to do at the castle and grounds. The castle offers opportunities as varied and diverse as simple nature walks to luxury Land Rover tours, and just about everything in between. Go on a Pony Trek, spend the day salmon fishing, meander through the gift shop, stop at the coffee shop, or simply take in the panoramic scenery. For the ultimate Scottish experience where luxury, tradition, and natural beauty meet, set aside a day for Balmoral Castle.
Balmoral Castle location and hours
Scotland, AB35 5TB
Balmoral is situated in a secluded location on the south bank of the River Dee, mid way between Ballater and Braemar. Crathie Church is situated nearby and parking is available in the Regional Car Parks by the Tourist Information Centre.
The nearest railway station and airport are located in Aberdeen, which is approximately 50 miles east of Balmoral.
A bus service operates between Aberdeen and Braemar. For further details please visit www.stagecoachbus.com.
Open on a daily basis from Friday 1st April until Sunday 31st July. Opening times are from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m., however please note that the last recommended admission is at 4.00 p.m. approximately.
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