Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

I have driven past Balmoral my whole life but for over 40 years have not visited. Armed with a picnic, my mum and daughter we decided to spend the day at Balmoral. Well if’s good enough for the Queen its good enough for us too.

The daughters best royal wave!
Balmoral Castle has been in the Royal Family since 1852 after Prince Albert purchased it for his wife Queen Victoria. The Castle is Baronial in style and a listed building. The Royal family use the castle for residential purposes and it is only open for a limited time each year.

The Balmoral Cairns
The Balmoral Cairns were erected in the 19th century by members of Queen Victoria’s family to commemorate various events. They are often described as historic but they are not ancient – simply family commemorations of various sorts. This walk, which is over unmarked paths and tracks and is steep in places, is about six miles long. Its chief attraction is that it offers good views of Deeside and overlooks Balmoral Castle itself. 
There are formal gardens to visit and greenhouses.
Ranger led walks around Balmoral Castle and Gardens happen every Wednesday from April through July, Balmoral’s rangers host two-hour guided walks around the estate covering two to three miles and must be booked in advance. The rangers also offer gentle walks on the estate nearby to ascents of Lochnagar.
Resting place of Royal Pets
HRH Princess Leith was suitably impressed with her day out
The River Dee

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