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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 January 2013

Balmoral itself is worth the visit of course with all it's history, beautiful grounds and fascinating history but there are quite a few activities based here. Our favourite is the luxury safari. You really need to book a few days in advance but they have...More

6  Thank fotowizz
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 19 April 2007

Most of what you will see at Balmoral is outside, so if your idea of a castle visit is lots of rooms and suits of armour then it's not the place for you. Balmoral is the summer residence of the British Royal Family and open...More

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Reviewed 4 days 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

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Reviewed 4 days 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

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Reviewed 5 days 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

1  Thank CarolinaTrekkers
Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank Jure S
Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank Kristinmaarie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Leighrache
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank HighlanderIV
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank PatrickM79
Reviewed 5 October 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

2  Thank Eric W
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Balmoral castle is located on a huge estate that is a nice distance away from the main road, which in itself is fairly remote as you're neck-deep in the Cairngorms National Park area. You definitely have the feeling of remoteness away from the modern world....More

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Theresa B
22 May 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.
12 May 2018|
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Response from clive g | Reviewed this property |
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
28 April 2018|
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Response from B F | Reviewed this property |
Ours was a Winter Tour so quite quiet, but we still booked online in advance as we had a wheelchair. This enabled us to follow the trailer (taking mobile people up to the Castle) in our own car, and help with the wheelchair... More
Luis L
15 April 2018|
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Response from Garrymarsden | Property representative |
Hello, Its takes about 3 hours to travel from Edinburgh to Balmoral. You cross the Forth Bridge then on the M90 towards Perth, then to Blairgowrie where you take the A93 all the way to Balmoral (just beyond Braemar) . The... More