09 September 2022

Ballater and Braemar Park & Ride operation

Park and Ride facilities will operate from Ballater and Braemar for those wishing to leave floral tributes and pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen at Balmoral Castle gates.

Access to the castle gates by road will not be permitted.

Buses will be departing from both villages for Balmoral throughout the day.

Disabled car parking facilities will be provided in the coach park at the Crathie Bridge.

Delineated walkways will be in place to direct members of the public from the car park to the Balmoral Gates where floral tributes will be accepted.

Members of the public are advised that there will be limited rest facilities at the estate and are asked to return to Ballater or Braemar after paying their respects. There will be neither the space nor the facilities to allow the public to gather in the area. There will also be restrictions regarding what can be taken on the buses, with signage in the locations to this effect.

In particular, only floral tributes will be permitted – no other items such as candles, soft toys or photographs should be brought.

Please also be aware the weather is very wet and queueing is likely, so please dress appropriately as there is no shelter.


The Park and Ride will operate daily from Monaltrie Park from 8am until 7pm.


The facilities for the Braemar Park and Ride will begin and end next to Braemar Castle at the same times as above.

Aberdeenshire Council will have stewards on site in both locations to provide support.