Hot air balloon rides - ballooning flight locations in Scotland

Inflating the hot air balloon at Peebles

Hot air balloon rides - Scotland
Now celebrating 18 Years of Ballooning


Our in flight photos make great souvenirs Alba Ballooning offers hot air balloon rides near Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh and its surrounding picturesque Lothian and Peeblesshire countryside, over the scenic area of Perth & Kinrosshire and Fife and additionally over the history laden Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders.


We schedule daily flights (evenings and most mornings) between mid-March to late-October and occasionally fly in the winter period. Flights typically last around one hour and the whole trip 3 to 4 hours. We are currently mainly operating our balloon that accommodates 8 to 10 passengers in 2 to 3 person compartments which are comfortably padded and safely high sided. We particularly pride ourselves on giving a consistently personal, local and professional service as our customer feedback testifies.


"Thanks for an unforgettable experience, me Suzanne and kids loved every minute! Paul B." 20th Oct 2015

"We really enjoyed the whole balloon trip experience on Saturday over Kelso. What a way to see the Borders for the first time. Peter the pilot was so professional and competent and dispelled any nervousness that may have been present. Being involved in the preparation and packing up was a definite bonus, and the certificate is a special reminder of a glorious morning. Jackie N." 29th Sept 2015

"Thank you for a wonderful flight. This was a dream of mine for so many years and thanks to a gift from friends, I was able to realise it. The whole experience was great and the weather helped. Val D." 19th April 2015

"Thank you so much, Pete, for an amazing flight this morning - Emily and I absolutely loved it, and we'll be recommending you to everyone we tell about it. Teresa H." 18th April 2015

"Both of us can't recommend your flights enough, it was the most amazing experience in the sky I have ever had and I've done a few things, a brilliant experience delivered by a brilliant man and his crew. John & Kath O." 12th April 2015

"We thoroughly enjoyed the flight which was well worth the wait. The whole experience was fantastic.Thanks to your team. Gordon & Jean F." 3rd April 2015

Thanks! Brilliant day! Real contrast to my last flight with the weather, time of year etc. Both were equally good though! Keith B." 22nd March 2015

"I'd just like to let you know how much we enjoyed ourselves. It truly was an amazing experience and one that I won't forget! Lauren H." 6th November 2014

"Thank you so much for the flight it was amazing. I will defo be booking another. Was well worth the wait. Carrie P." 30th October 2014

"Thoroughly enjoyed the ballooning experience, it was fantastic from start to finish and have been highly recommending Alba Ballooning to friends and family and via Facebook! Isla M." 13th October 2014


Balloon launching from Balado

All flights are of course weather dependent so some perseverance is generally required - but we aim to make the reward worth any wait! Why should you choose to fly with us? Unlike many companies, we won't fly you in a 16 passenger 'bus' balloon and neither do we oversell far more places than we can ever possibly fly - everyone has plenty of opportunity to fly quickly after booking with us - and we display our Flight Schedules online (unlike any competitor) for you to see before you buy so there are no unpleasant surprises with us!


You can see the numerous flights we achieve on our In flight Photos page. On each flight, we choose to use a launch site that best suits the wind direction so we don't cut your hour flight short due to the flight direction being unsuitable. All our flight vouchers are part refundable and we give you the option to renew them if you haven't flown by the time they expire. Quality and ethical service has always been paramount for us as our Customer Feedback testifies. Since starting in 2000, we have made over 1000 safe flights (see our 1000th flight blog), flying over 9600 satisfied passengers to date.


If you want a quality of customer service with a personal touch, do book with us!


Every flight is finished in style

If you have any questions then please either email us at: or call us:


Tel 01875 830709


You can click on these links for our brochure and booking form or go to our Flight Purchase page to buy a voucher online.


You can click on the these links to download our passenger information sheet and our meeting points maps.


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