The foundation stone for Balmoral Castle was laid by Queen Victoria on 28th September 1853 and can be found at the foot of the wall adjacent to the West face of the entrance porch.
Before the foundation stone was placed in position Queen Victoria signed a parchment recording the date. This parchment, together with an example of each of the current coins of the realm, was then placed in a bottle, inserted into a cavity below the site prepared for the stone.
The Castle was completed in 1856 and the old building was then demolished. This building is commemorated by a stone which is located on the front lawn at a point opposite the tower and about 100 yards from the path. This stone marks the position of the front door to the demolished castle.
When Queen Victoria died in 1901 Balmoral Estates passed, under the terms of her will, to King Edward VII, and from him to each of his successors. Balmoral Estates has been more than just a favourite home to successive generations of the Royal Family.
Although it remains largely the same as it was in Queen Victoria's reign, successive Royal owners have followed the initiative of Prince Albert in making improvements to the estate. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales take a close personal interest in running and improving the Estates.
1 April to 31 July: Every day, 10am to 5pm (last admission 4.00pm).
Balmoral is easy to find halfway between Ballater and Braemar on the A93. The nearest railway station and airport are located in Aberdeen, approximately 50 miles east of Balmoral.
To arrive by public transport please use the 201 Stagecoach service from Aberdeen.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Ballater Taxis 01339 755654
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Children (5 to 16 years): £6.00
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children): £32.00
- Hearing loops
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
- Access statement available
- Large font signs and leaflets
- Accessible parking
- Sign language guides/videos
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
The group admission charge is available for groups of ten people or more.
If you advise the date and approximate arrival time of your visit we can make arrangements for your coach to park by the Estates Office.
For further informaion please contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 01339 742534.
Balmoral is the Scottish holiday home of the British Royal Family.
There are a number of Way Marked trails around the immediate grounds of the Castle.
The Balmoral Estates offers a range of self catering holiday cottages.
Our Colt Cottages, Connachat Cottage, Karim Cottage and Rhebreck Lodge are available throughout the year while the Garbh Allt Shiel is available from late April until early November.
Please note that the holiday cottages are not available for some weeks during The Royal Visit.