Balmoral has been one of the residences of the British Royal family since 1852, although Balmoral remains private property of the King and is not part of the Crown Estate.
The castle is an example of Scottish baronial architecture.
The Balmoral Estate has been added to by successive members of The Royal Family, and now covers an area of approximately 50,000 acres (20,000 ha).
It is a working estate, including grouse moors, forestry, and farmland, as well as managed herds of deer, Highland cattle and ponies.
The Estates Office, Balmoral Estates, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB
Please note access to Balmoral Castle and its grounds are currently closed.
In 2023 the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and cafe will be open to the Public, daily from 1st April.
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.
After this time the Gate shop and tourist information centre remain open for the public.
We recommend that you set aside at least one and a half hours for your visit to Balmoral. This will give you time to visit the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and the cafe..
Please note access to Balmoral Castle and its grounds Re open April 1st 2023
Set in the stunning countryside of Royal Deeside, Belwade Farm is the Aberdeenshire home of World Horse Welfare. Belwade is a great place to discover the charity’s work first hand and spend a day with the family.
Belwade Farm is home to around 65 horses in need at any one time. Here they can undergo rehabilitation before finding loving new homes through World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme. Why not come and meet them and find out more about the work World Horse Welfare do to help the horses of today and tomorrow?
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