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Special Events

Visit our special events page to find out about all the wonderful events planned for this year at Balmoral. We have a wide range of wonderful events in our calendar and would love for you to join us.

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 (one ticket covers a maximum of five 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.   You will also have an opportunity to browse our newly refurbished 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 April

We are pleased to advise that the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shops and coffee shop will be open to the Public on a daily basis from Friday 1st April until Tuesday 2nd August this year.  

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.

We recommend that tickets are purchased in advance - please click here to book and pay online.

Book your visit

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

Our Morning Coffee or Hot Choc with Cake Experience costs £23.50 for adults and £14.50 for children. This eperience incudes your admission ticket. Morning Coffee or Hot Choc and Cake will be served daily from 1000 to 1130 in the coffee shop.

Lunch will be served daily from 1200 until 1500 and the menu will celebrate a wonderful range of Scottish produce.

Our Afternoon Tea Experience costs £35.50 per person and incudes your admission ticket. You can arrive any time from 1000 onwards and Afternoon Tea Experience will be served daily from 1300 until 1600, with the exception of Thursdays.

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.

Balmoral Castle