Another sunny and beautiful day, although it was a little bit chilly. We took a ride with the tractor from the entrance up to the castle.
You are allowed to walk around the grounds and gardens. The Castle is open to the public daily from end of March until the end of July; after which the Queen and other members of the royal family arrives for their annual stay.
We could watch a movie about the history of the castle in one of the stables:
Someone had been practising their golf skills on the lawn of the vegetable garden!
You could borrow a handset with an audio tour that guided you through the visit. The tour detailed the story of Balmoral and all the workings of the Estate. It also told stories of the most famous residents and visitors at the castle.
Can you spot Lucas?
The kids got to do their own little activity, looking for "Corgi Clues" and learning about the castle:
The estate is a working estate, including grouse moors, forestry and farmland as well as managed herds of deer, Highland cattle and ponies. The royal family employs about 50 full-time and many part-time staff to maintain the estate.
We also were allowed to go inside to see the Castle Ballroom, the largest room in the castle. It housed an exhibition about the Balmoral traditions which have been upheld for over 160 years. Unfortunately you were not allowed to photograph in there.
Linnea got herself a little corgi as a souvenir, and named it Willow after one of the Queen's corgis.