Ballindalloch Castle


Ballindalloch, Banffshire, AB37 9AX

    Known as ‘The Pearl of the North’, Ballindalloch Castle is one of the most romantic and renowned castles in Scotland.

    Located in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s most prolific whisky region, Ballindalloch Castle is one of the few private castles in Scotland that has been lived in continuously by the family which founded it, the Macpherson-Grants. Originally a fortified tower house that was erected circa 1546, Ballindalloch underwent a significant period of renovation and extension during the Victorian era which transformed it into the sumptuous country retreat that stands today.

    In spite of its history and grandeur, Ballindalloch remains first and foremost a beloved family residence, and there are plenty of personal heirlooms and memorabilia belonging to the current occupants scattered amongst the general finery. Highlights include a fine collection of 17th-century Spanish paintings, one of the finest country house libraries in all of Scotland, the grand dining room with its magnificent fireplace, the vaulted hall and the delightful nursery with its antique toys.

    The Rivers Spey and Avon run through the estate, offering excellent fishing, and the cattle that graze here belong to the oldest Aberdeen Angus herd in the world. The beautifully maintained walled and rock gardens are spectacular when in full bloom and offer a tranquil haven during the summer months.

    The Castle shop stocks a wide selection of quality Scottish crafts and goods, including luxury cashmeres, tartans, jewellery and the popular 'I Love Food' recipe books written by the present  Lady Laird, Mrs Clare Macpherson-Grant Russell. Light refreshments are available in the Castle tearoom.


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    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Lunch Available
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian Food Available All our soups are suitable for vegetarians, and some for vegans. We can cater for a variety of dietary requirements - for example, dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free - given a little advance notice


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point Disabled parking is available outside the tearoom. Please ask for directions on entry.
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement Dogs are welcome, on leads, in the designated dog-walking area only.
    • School Groups Welcome

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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