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Ballochbuie Gin

We are delighted to confirm that our Ballochbuie Gin has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Scottish Gin Awards 2021 in the London Dry Gin category.

Scottish Gin Awards 2021

We will keep you posted on what happens but in the meantime why don’t you order a bottle now and try for yourself.

Our Ballochbuie Gin is a beautiful classic dry gin distilled on Royal Deeside with hand-picked botanicals from Balmoral Estate.  Named after the neighbouring Ballochbuie Forest which contains some of the best remnants of the Ancient Caledonian Pine forest, this gin captures the flavour of estate Juniper, Douglas Fir pine needles and Heather honey.  

It then combines these with 8 other carefully selected botanicals and is made with pure spring water from wells on the edge of the Estate.  The end result is an exquisite dry gin best served with premium tonic, a slice of grapefruit and sprig of rosemary.  

Each batch is limited to 1000 bottles.  Our first batch of Ballochbuie Gin is now available for shipping within the UK.

This special price includes Express Courier delivery service so order now to be one of the first to sample our deliciously refreshing Ballochbuie Gin.


Nose: Bright, fresh and piney juniper leading to notes of citrus and lemongrass.  A bold honey sweetness and very light berry finish lingers on the nose.

Taste: Served with a slice of grapefruit and sprig of rosemary – herbaceous on the nose to start, classic juniper on the lips with a fresh and light citrus backing.

Please note that this product can only be purchased if you are aged 18 years of age or over and is only available for shipping within the UK.

Ballochbuie Gin

New Expedition Tour

Enjoy a wonderful day out at Balmoral, the Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family.  

The Balmoral Expedition is a wonderful experience for you to enjoy as a social household bubble (maximum of four people).  

The expedition includes a two hour Landrover tour on the Estate.   During the day you can also enjoy the Balmoral audio tour, which guides you through the grounds, gardens and exhibitions before joining us in the restaurant for a delicious afternoon tea.   You will also have an opportunity to browse our new Mews Shop to purchase a gift to remind you of your visit to Balmoral.

We only offer a limited number of Balmoral Expeditions, so it is best to book early to avoid disappointment.

Book your Exoedition

Opening Saturday 1st May

Why not make you visit extra special by taking time out to visit our new restaurant.

Enjoy morning coffee and cake, lunch or afternoon tea in the spacious setting, witha choice of indoor and outdoor dining..

Our Morning Coffee and Cake Experience costs £22.00 per person and incudes your admission ticket. Morning Coffee and Cake will be served daily from 1000 to 1145 in the restaurant.

Lunch will be served daily from 1200 until 1400 and the menu will celebrate a wonderful range of Scottish produce. Please click here to view our delicious lunch menu.

Please e-mail with any enquiries or to book your table. Please add your ticket reservation number to email to secure your booking.  If you have any special dietary requirement please let us know.

Our Afternoon Tea Experience costs £35.00 per person and incudes your admission ticket. You can arrive any time from 1000 onwards and Afternoon Tea will be served daily from 1430 until 1630.

Tickets will be released in line with the relaxation of Government restrictions so please check back again soon for availability for later in the season.

2021 Opening

This year the grounds, gardens and exhibitions will be open to the Public on a dailt basis from Monday 26th April until Monday 2nd August. The highlight for every visit to Balmoral is the Castle Ballroom, the largest room in the Castle. For those who have a little extra time to spend we also have two new waymarked walks in the grounds for you to enjoy.

Tickets must be purchased in advance - please click here to book and pay online.

Book your visit

Tickets will be released in line with the relaxation of Government restrictions so please check back later for availability for later in the season.

We’re Good To Go Certificate

Balmoral has achieved the ‘We’re Good To Go’ accolade, which demonstrates that we are adhering to the new Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and the required processes in place.  

Cairns Walk

The Balmoral Cairns Walk and the walk to Albert’s Pyramid Walk are currently available and parking is available in the car park next to the A93 at Crathie.

Please be aware that due to the level of use the condition of these paths has deteriorated. Some sections of path are now very muddy and either wellingtons or waterproof boots and gaiters are recommended.

Spittal of Muick / Mountain Bothies

The car park at Loch Muick is open but exceptionally busy. However the toilets and Visitor Centre will be closed until further notice.

We would also advise that both the Gelder Shiel and Glas Allt Shiel bothies are closed until further notice.


Unfortunately RunBalmoral has been postponed and entrants have been contacted to see if they wish to defer their race entry to 2022 or take a refund.

In 2022 RunBalmoral will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April.

Visit to view full details and to enter online.

COVID-19 Guidelines

We would like to reassure our visitors that we are adhering to the guidelines issued by the Scottish Government, Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish National Health Service regarding coronavirus.

The health of our staff and visitors is our main priority, and we have therefore put in place the following precautionary measures:

  • In addition to the existing hand washing facilities we will be supplying hand sanitiser in key locations.
  • We have introduced additional cleaning to our already comprehensive routines, with particular focus on key areas such as door handles, hand rails, toilets, etc.
  • All our staff are receiving regular guidance and updates on how to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • In line with Government guidance, if you have a high temperature, or new continuous cough, please postpone your visit.
  • If you develop coronavirus symptoms you should self-isolate and book a test if you
  • Please also ensure that you practice good hand hygiene, following guidelines on how to avoid the virus, details of which can be found here on the NHS Scotland website.

We will continue to monitor this developing situation and share updates as soon as they are available.

Balmoral Castle