Welcome to Balmoral Castle & Estate

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848.

Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022)


On 8th September 2022 The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral.

If you wish to come to Balmoral to pay your respects to Queen Elizabeth II, the grounds will be opening on specific dates during November and December - click here for full details.

During this time no admission fee will be charged, and you will be able to visit the grounds and gardens, where you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this special place.  

If you wish you can leave floral tributes please speak to the staff on duty and they will direct you to the correct location for leaving tributes.

Afterwards you can perhaps visit the Mews Gift Shop and the coffee shop, which are located nearby.


Opening Details

The grounds of Balmoral will open on specific dates until 23 December


The Royal Family

Elizabeth II was the longest serving British monarch in history


Holiday Cottages

We have a range of self catering properties available for rental


Floral Tributes

If you wish to leave a floral tribute, these can be placed at the designated area by the Main Gates


Expedition Tours

The tours will be available on weekdays only from late October until mid December this year


Squirrel Camera

At Balmoral we have some very special residents - our red squirrels. Please check out our live camera