The castle itself is not opened to the public, as all the rooms except the Ball Room, which is a mini-museum, are the Queen's Private Quarters. I guess I wouldn't want millions of people wandering around my house, either. In the Ball Room, pictures are not allowed, so we only have pictures of the exterior and gardens.
|Fox and Rabbit|
The old stable area is now the offices, museums, and pickup area for the Audio Guides, £5 refundable deposit required. There are cars, buggies and trucks on one side, and an overview of the castle and grounds in another area. One small end has examples of local wildlife, complete with their calls, some of which were a surprising sound.
|Uniform of the Balmoral Guard. The Balmoral Tartan was designed by Prince Albert to reflect the colors of nature around the castle. It is only used by permission of the Queen.|
|The Royal Corgis traveling; they even walk themselves off the plane.|
Balmoral was designed by Prince Albert. It was built on the site of another castle which was demolished to make room for the new. Queen Victoria was very pleased with the end result, "my dear paradise in the Highlands".
|Looking through the gate from Queen Mary's garden, with the initials of the she and King George. She designed this perennial garden, as well as the gate.|
|Succulents growing in the rock wall of Queen Mary's garden.|
|Glass house full of flowers, both for bedding and cutting.|
|Rose arbor leading from Queen Mary's garden toward the path to the Castle.|
|Coat of Arms on the castle.|