Situated on the banks of the River Avon, a short distance from its junction with the River Spey, Ballindalloch Castle has been the home of the Macpherson-Grant family since it was started in 1546.
These two eras, more so than any other, have left their mark upon the architectural style of Ballindalloch Castle: a tasteful blending of middle-aged fortification and Victorian gentrification that brings to mind a romantic chateau from the pages of a children’s fairy-tale. The furnishings to be found within, however, are broader in their influences and reflect the wide interests and extensive travels of the Macpherson-Grant family from the 18th Century to the present day.
The Gardens are the pride and joy of the Laird’s mother, Clare Russell, and the Head Gardener, Kevin Clarke. Although not blessed with the most ideal of climates to produce reliably horticultural firework displays, the Gardens have been planned to make the most of the soil and the landscape throughout the year!
The formal grounds of Ballindalloch Castle were principally laid down in the second half of the 19th Century, following the extensive restorations to the Castle made around 1850. To the north and west, the grounds are bordered by the River Spey and the rising gradients of Cairn Guish. To the south lies the River Avon (pronounced Aan), its source on the summit of Ben Macdhui, with tributaries from the Cairngorms and Beinn Mheadhoin, and at 38 miles in length, the longest tributary of the River Spey. To the south stands the Bridge of Avon, dating from 1754, once the entrance to the Castle, once to a military road, built following the final subjugation of the Jacobite Rebellion in 1745. A remarkable structure, it is carved into the rocky gorge and consists of a lofty arch spanning two ornamental turrets.
As a result of careful planning, the Gardens perform for the visitor all through the year. From the lovely rose garden to the majestic tree-lined walks, this surely must be the most memorable part of any visit.
Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens sit at the heart of a multi-faceted Highland estate. During the summer season, up to 35 people are employed in various activities.
Situated at the heart of Speyside in the northeast of Scotland, Ballindalloch Estate is a diverse and forward-thinking business owned and managed by the Macpherson-Grant family. Responsible stewardship is at the core of everything we do. We are working to help sustain the rural community of Speyside and to preserve the landscape and heritage of this beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands for future generations.
Our commercial activities are varied, encompassing arable and cattle farming, forestry, residential and holiday lets, corporate entertainment, and our very own Ballindalloch Single Malt Distillery, which opened in 2014. We are also a famous Highland sporting estate, welcoming guests from around the world to enjoy excellent fly-fishing on the Rivers Spey and Avon, as well as pheasant and grouse shooting and world-renowned roe stalking.
Join The Team
There is a fantastic spirit amongst the team at Ballindalloch Castle. Bursting with pride for the Castle and Estate with all it has to offer visitors, the team are supremely focused on going the extra mile.
They now have an opportunity for the right person to run this well-established, seasonal heritage visitor experience, with the added attraction of the variety brought by being central to the marketing of a multi-faceted family owned and run business throughout the year. The challenge will be in building back the visitor numbers after the Covid pandemic and in making sure that the businesses are well represented as a whole with the Castle at the heart of everything.