Balmoral Estate

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Balmoral Estate
The Estate Office Balmoral, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB
  • Telephone 01339 742551
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  • Website www.balmoralcastle.com/estate.htm
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Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Balmoral Estate has been the Scottish home of the British Royal Family ever since. It is managed organically, in accordance to Soil Association principles. As part of the Estate's sustainability systems, the population of wild red deer is managed in accordance with the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996, and is sold to butchers and wholesalers across the UK, as is grouse and pheasant. Highland cattle are also kept, the Queen’s fold numbering twenty eight cows, their followers and two bulls. These are kept mostly at the Knocks, Dalliefour and Glen Muick, not far from the village of Ballater. This land produces grain to feed the cattle as well as their grazing. The Estate is the native home of wild red and roe deer. To conserve the natural habitat and the deer's health, the population is maintained at an average of about 2,500 deer throughout the year, with an annual cull of 180 to 200 stags, plus 400 to 450 hinds and 100 calves undertaken. The carcasses are taken down from the hills using traditional stalking ponies, before being hung in the Balmoral Game Larders then collected for processing.

Events at this venue

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Balmoral Winter Land Rover Safari

Accompany one of our guides on a fascinating tour of Balmoral Estate. The safari tour takes you through the manicured parkland and gardens in front of Balmoral Castle. You then travel through the Estate farm to enter the old Caledonian Pine Forest. This is one of the country's most important habitats and home to the…

Sun 21 Oct

Sold out / 01339 742551

Mon 22 Oct

£60 / 01339 742551

Tue 23 Oct

Sold out / 01339 742551

…and 43 more dates until 21 Dec

Winter Guided Tours 2018

Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds, exhibitions and Ballroom at Balmoral together with breakfast tea or filter coffee and shortbread. The guided tour lasts approximately one hour and afterwards you are free to wander the grounds and gardens. The tour itself begins with a short film about Balmoral. The film looks at the…

Wed 24 Oct

£6–£35 / 01339 742551

Sat 27 Oct

£6–£35 / 01339 742551

Wed 31 Oct

£6–£35 / 01339 742551