Balmoral Guided Tours

Join our guided tour during October and early November

Balmoral guided tours will be available daily from Saturday 9th October until Sunday 7th November 2021.

Full details and booking system are available from:-

Book your winter guided tour

Join us for a fascinating socially distanced guided tour of the grounds, exhibitions and Ballroom at Balmoral.  All visitors will need to register with track and trace on arrival and are asked to adhere to social distancing guidance.  Facemasks must be worn in indoor spaces.

The guided tour lasts approximately one hour and afterwards you are free to wander the grounds and gardens.    Your tour will start by the coffee shop and your guide will take you to view the Game Larder, the original Iron Ballroom and Ice House. The highlight for many is to stand on the lawn, right in front of the Castle and admire it in all its glory.

Please note that the Ballroom is the only room that is open to visitors within the Castle as the other areas are Her Majesty’s private residence. The objects in the Ballroom are all brought from within the Castle for display, these are all objects that belong to the Royal Family and normally live on a wall or shelf or cupboard in one of the private rooms.

The guided tours are special as the guides are able to share with you many of the stories, past and present that bring Balmoral to life.

After your tour you can visit our Mews Gift Shop, where you will find a wide range of gifts, both Scottish and Royal.   Browse our new Balmoral Blue Gift Range and our selection of drinks, which include locally produced Balmoral Whisky, Ballochbuie Gin and Invergelder Pale Ale.

You can also purchase light refreshments from our new Coffee Shop / Hatch, which is located near the Mews Gift Shop.

Admission charges for the Balmoral Guided Tours are as follows:

Adults - £15.00
Children (5 to 16 years) - £6.00

Tours are in groups of 20 or less with our guide and will be socially distanced.

  • Please drive up the the Main Gates of Balmoral and present your ticket confirmation to the member of staff on duty.   They will then give you directions for parking by the Estates Office.
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your tour departure time. 
  • Please note that tickets are non refundable except where we cancel the tour e.g. in the event of adverse weather.
  • All visitors will need to register with track and trace on arrival.
  • Please adhere to social distancing guidance.
  • Facemasks must be worn in indoor spaces.
  • In the event of adverse weather please contact 013397 42534 or before setting out to Balmoral. 
  • Photography is allowed in all areas except the Ballroom. 
  • Drones are not permitted anywhere on the Balmoral Estate.
  • Dogs are permitted in all areas except the Ballroom and gift shop.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in ALL areas.
Balmoral Castle

We want you to get the most from your visit so please read the following:-

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your tour departure time.

  • Parking is available by The Estates Office. Please drive up to the Main Gates of Balmoral where a member of staff will be on duty. They will check your tickets and give you directions for parking.
    Once parked up we would ask that you follow the directions for the tour start point. Please have your tickets ready for inspection at the start of your tour.
  • The tour is a walking tours with just over 400 meters of walking is involved; mostly flat with the odd slight gradient. The surface is mostly tarmac and all entrances to exhibitions are ramped.
  • 60% of the tour is outside and 40% inside. Please ensure that you bring suitable outdoor clothing, dress warmly and have suitable footwear for walking outdoors on uneven surfaces.
  • Please have a mask available as these must be worn indoors.
  • We have Battricars and also wheelchairs which are available for customers to borrow at no extra charge. If you would like to borrow one of these please let the guide know on arrival.

If you have any other questions relating to access on our tours please contact us at and we will do our utmost to accommodate your needs.