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The Scottish home of the Royal Family set in stunning grounds


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Balmoral Castle by Stuart Yeates from Oxford, UK. CC BY-SA 2.0

About the garden

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848.

The gardens, which were started under the supervision of Prince Albert, have been expanded and improved by successive members of the Royal Family. These improvements and modifications have seen the development of a large kitchen garden, vegetable garden which is harvested during the Royal Family's summer holiday, formal gardens covering three acres, Victorian Glasshouses, and a water garden.

Opening times

Daily Friday 1st April until Tuesday 2nd August 10.00AM - 5.00PM

Useful details

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB

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01339 742534

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