Support our wounded by joining us at Balmoral

Balmoral Challenge 2018

The Balmoral Challenge 2018, presented by Artemis, is a unique event for your team of four to meet, be inspired by and walk with our wounded beneficiaries from across Scotland over one of three beautifully challenging routes, starting and finishing in front of Her Majesty the Queen's Scottish residence.

The event raises money for Walking With The Wounded to expand its programmes in Scotland and enable more vulnerable veterans with physical, mental or social injuries, such as homelessness, to access better mental health care and be supported back into employment. Every team that takes part supports an ex serviceman or woman to reintegrate back into society and regain their independence. Your team can make a real difference by getting involved. There is a route for all abilities and you’ll be amazed what you can achieve together on the day, and in advance with your fundraising.

  • DATE: 22-23 June 2018 (registration from 5pm Fri, inc. dinner, briefing and talk).
  • ROUTES: (All orienteering from a map with checkpoints on it. You can change route choice and team members until 1 June):
  • Triple Crown – The big one. A 30km race back to Balmoral over three Munros from a secret drop-off
  • Prince’s Stone – The thinking one. Min 20km - Max 40km. How many points can your team collect within 9 hrs? Test your team’s strategy while exploring the wilder parts of the Balmoral Estate – will you gamble or make it back in good time after finding the historic Prince's Stone.
  • The Cairn Chaser – The wee one. A 15km foray exploring the cairns in the forests above the castle.
  • COST (the event is for teams of four):
  • £200 per team (£50pp) new year offer until 28 February
  • £220 per team (£55pp) standard entry from 1 March onward
  • MILITARY DISCOUNT: 50% off for serving military teams if they bring a volunteer (military or civvy). Email
  • FUNDRAISING: Each team is challenged to work together and raise £2,000 to directly support a veteran back into independence.
  • LOCATION: Balmoral Castle, Balmoral Estate, Ballater, Aberdeenshire AB35 5TB
  • ACCOMMODATION: Unique opportunity to camp near the castle and explore the grounds. Book when registering your team or click here.
  • FAQs:  KIt List here, see below or click here    for full FAQs

“It was so calm, and so solitary, as one gazed around; the pure mountain air was most refreshing. All seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils.” Queen Victoria, Balmoral, Sept 8, 1848

“This experience has impacted very positively on our veterans who took part. It has reminded them about the skills they used in the military such as teamwork, planning and communication. The guys also enjoyed the social aspect. Having the chance to share stories with other veterans, and meet people who work for organisations that support WWTW's goals, gave them hope and encouragement. They seem happier and even more determined to take the next step towards independence and to gain sustainable employment or engage in education.” William Cairns, WWTW Employment Advisor, Glasgow & Dundee

Photo credits: David Brown and John Thow

“What an experience, the beautiful Balmoral Estate is a sight to behold and to drive through the gates is quite special. I have never walked so far in my life and am very proud of myself and my team for what we achieved that day.... wish we could do it again next week! To have met some of the beneficiaries of the charity was an honour. I’m so glad I was part of this event.” Maria Norman, Stirling Council

"Our wounded deserve the right support for life changing, but (often) hidden, issues. That's why I supported WWTW and the Balmoral Challenge. In the event I experienced 8 hours of extreme personal challenge; our wounded experience years - and sometimes a lifetime. Supporting them in this way was an easy choice to make.” Andrew, Fujitsu

“The Triple Crown was a great event for team building and the fundraising really got everyone working together before we even got there. Would highly recommend this as a corporate team building activity.” Anonymous participant 2017

Support our wounded by joining us at Balmoral

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Your Balmoral Challenge team entry fee includes:

  • Admission to the Balmoral Castle gardens and grounds
  • Friday and Saturday evening meal
  • Friday night motivational talk
  • Saturday morning breakfast
  • Saturday afternoon hot and cold drinks and snacks at the finish line
  • A technical t-shirt (to be worn during the event)
  • Exclusive finishers medal
  • Talk from WWTW CEO and co-founder Ed Parker
  • Water stops en route and First Aid teams
  • Mountain rescue team (with vehicle support) and route marshalls
  • Suggested training, food and required kit information
  • Official timing and checkpoint control staff
  • Health and safety route management
  • Toilet facilities and hot showers at the site base
  • Saturday evening entertainment
  • Fundraising support team and materials
  • Recommended kit list

The Balmoral Challenge raises funds to support vulnerable ex servicemen and women reintegrate back into society and regain their independence through WWTW's programmes.

WWTW has employment advisors working out of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee and a mental health programme accessible by any veteran via their GP.

Each team at Balmoral is challenged to work together as part of your team-building preparation and fundraise £2,000. You will be amazed what you can achieve and you will be supported with a special fundraising pack containing ideas and tips of how to hit your target. You can also call Viveca or Andy on 01263 863 902 if you need further support or to talk through any ideas. We'd love to hear from you.


5 key fundraising tips to blast past your £2,000 team target:

  • 100% uplift – set up your JustGiving page and send it out to friends by email and social media
  • Create a 'team' page and have an individual page for each team member linked into this. Your individual contacts prefer donating to you rather than a team page, while work colleagues etc might prefer to donate to a team page.
  • 46% uplift – add a target to your online page
  • ?% – ask your employer about matched funding
  • Stage an office sweepstake on your finishing position or time
  • Thank people publicly for their donations - it flushes out donations from others.

Why are we doing this again? For veterans like Peter and Craig.

Read about how we use your fundraising money to support ‘Our wounded’



  • 17:00 Registration opens
  • 19-21:00 Dinner served
  • 21:00 Last briefing (45 min intervals before that)
  • 21:30 Registration closes
  • 22:30 Last orders at the bar
  • 23:00 Site closed


  • 06:00 Site open
  • 06:30 Breakfast served
  • 07:00 Board buses for Triple Crown route
  • 08:00 Race start for the Prince’s Stone route
  • 08:30 Race start for the Peak route
  • 17-21:00 Dinner served
  • 19:00 Prize-giving and thanks from WWTW CEO Ed Parker
  • 19:30 Music and cash bar
  • 22:30 Last orders
  • 23:00 Site closed


  • 11:00 All campers and cars off site

  • Highest fundraising team
  • Fastest ‘Triple Crown’ team (men & women)
  • Fastest military team (Triple Crown route)
  • Winning ‘Prince’s Stone’ team (men & women)
  • Best placed Over 50s team (Triple Crown and Prince’s Stone routes)
  • Fastest Cairn Chaser team
  • Best fancy dress

This event is run by Walking With The Wounded staff and volunteers, the lifeblood of it's success and to ensure a personal and memorable experience for you, meeting people working on our programmes as well as meeting our beneficiaries.

Want to be involved but can’t compete for whatever reason? Then please come and volunteer.

Email to find out more. Be part of something special and help us make this event sing. You will be made welcome and receive a unique piece of WWTW kit.

"It was an absolute privilege to be part of the team over the weekend. (My partner) thoroughly enjoyed herself as well."

Lee, volunteer at the Balmoral Challenge 2017

"Fraser and I had a great time, we very much enjoyed meeting the beneficiaries and veterans and had a good laugh with the participants. We had a good look around Balmoral and managed a reasonable walk amongst the Cairns. We were very happy to help. We hope it was a great success and that next year will be even bigger.

Sarah, volunteer at the Balmoral Challenge 2017

Balmoral Challenge 2017 - Highlights

Photos from the Balmoral Challenge 2017

Support our wounded by joining us at Balmoral

As a nation, we need to support our soldiers when they return to normal life. Walking with the wounded supports these veterans back into work.