Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Aberdeenshire  /  Ballater  /  Historic Sites  /  Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Castle, Ballater
(3.2/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Visit the grounds, gardens, and ballroom of the royal family's holiday retreat at Balmoral Castle. Take the rare opportunity to see original pieces of fine art and treasures, which normally reside within the private rooms of the Castle. Take an audio tour through the gardens and exhibitions inside the stable block. Take one of the waymarked trails along the river or up to a hillside view, and walk in the footsteps of the royals. Using our custom trip planner, Ballater attractions like Balmoral Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create a full Ballater itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Ballater

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Ballater by other users

5 days in Aberdeenshire BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Aberdeenshire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Aberdeenshire BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Stockholm, Helsinki & Aberdeenshire BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM BELGIUM August, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Pitlochry, Stonehaven & Ballater BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Ballater BY A USER FROM NORWAY August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Ballater BY A USER FROM NORWAY August, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Edinburgh, Aberdeen & Ballater BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Amy friend and I visited recently on one of the Winter tours of the Castle. The access around the grounds was brilliant, free to walk around the gardens, river and wider estate. You also access the ba...  more »
  • We were fortunate that the dates we travelled to stay in Ballater coincided with periodic openings of the Balmoral Tour. We were met at the entrance gate to the castle and transported to the rear of t...  more »
  • The staff at Balmoral are knowledgeable, committed and happy to share anecdotes that bring the tour alive. But however you consider it, you are really seeing the grounds and one room albeit, the ballr...  more »
Google
  • Beautiful place real special for me having spent lots of time in Windsor. I love the Queen and it was lovely to see a real family home! XXX 🐶 😊
  • Obviously if you are a royalist/monarchist ypu will LOVE balmoral. However as someone who might care little for royalty, you will still find Balmoral interesting as a historical site, tracing the history of the monarchy through the lense of Balmoral. You just need to look past the "filtered" roualty elements. The gardens are beautiful as are the historical artifacts.
  • Very beautiful castle, we were lucky enough to see quite a few rooms. Like all the royals' castles, they are impeccably maintained and are very impressive to us convict descendants.
  • Amazing place, the history of the royal family really shines in the hall and stable exhibitions. Wish we could walk round the inside of the castle though! Highly recommend this place.
  • The only good thing was seeing the exterior of the castle. You pay a lot of money to not be allowed inside. If castles are your thing, spend your money else where. This isn't worth the money.