Our opening times and prices for 2017 are as follows:
Good Friday until 30th September 10.00am – 5.00pm (last admission: 4.00)
Sunday – Friday (Closed Saturday)
|Castle & Grounds||Grounds Only|
|Child (under 5)||Free||Free|
|Family (2 adults + up to 3 children)||£27.00||£13.50|
|* (Children Free on G.O. Season Ticket)|
In November 2002 Clare Russell was given the great honour by Her Majesty The Queen to be Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire.
The Lord Lieutenant is The Queen’s representative in Banffshire, and is appointed personally by the Sovereign. It is a great privilege to serve Her Majesty and Banffshire in this way. Clare Russell is the 11th Lord Lieutenant and first Lady Lord Lieutenant of the county.
Mrs Russell was presented with an Honorary Degree from the University of Aberdeen for her work within the county, which was the greatest honour and privilege.
The Duties of a Lord Lieutenant are assisted by a Vice Lord Lieutenant and six Deputy Lieutenants, Mrs Russell performs duties which include:
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Ballindalloch Castle is situated just off the A95 between the towns of Grantown-on-Spey and Aberlour.
From Elgin (23 miles):
Travel south out of Elgin following the A941 signposted for Perth. At Craigellachie this road becomes the A95. Ballindalloch is approximately 7 miles beyond Aberlour and the Castle entrance is clearly signposted on your right hand side.
From Aberdeen (65 miles):
Take the A96 west towards Elgin. Just after the town of Keith take the A95 to Craigellachie. Turn left at the T-junction in Craigellachie and head towards Aberlour (this is still the A95). The village of Ballindalloch is approximately 7 miles beyond Aberlour and the Castle entrance is clearly signposted on your right hand side.
From Perth (110 miles):
Take the A9 north from Perth and turn right onto the A95 just north of Aviemore. Approximately 15 miles north-east of the town of Grantown-upon-Spey you will see the Ballindalloch Distillery and Golf Course on your right. After crossing the River Avon the road climbs steeply for a short while, past the War Memorial on your right, and the Castle entrance can then be seen clearly signposted on your left after 750m.
From Inverness (47 miles):
Take the A9 south out of Inverness. Just after the village of Slochd take the A938 signposted Carrbridge. Stay on the A938 until Dulnain Bridge where you turn left onto the A95. The Village of Ballindalloch is approximately 15 miles beyond the town of Grantown-upon-Spey. As you journey through the village you will note the Ballindalloch Distillery and Golf Course on your right. After crossing the River Avon the road climbs steeply for a short while, past the War Memorial on your right, and the Castle entrance can then be seen clearly signposted on your left after 750m.
Sat Nav Settings:
Post Code: AB37 9AX
Lat: 57.413605 / Lng: -3.367815) .
To send us a message, please use the contact form below. Alternatively, our postal address can be found at the bottom of this page.
If you want to know how to get to Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, please visit the how to find us page.
Visitors are invited to browse the selection of goods on show in our Gift Shop, which is full of items specially chosen by the Laird’s wife to complement their visit to the Castle.
We have scarves, gloves, socks and woollen blankets by world-famous cashmere producer Johnstons of Elgin, luxurious soaps, moisturisers and bath products from Scottish Fine Soaps, sheepskin hats, gloves and rugs, ties, Harris Tweed bags, and a range of pendants, earrings and brooches from the Heathergems collection, as well as a delectable selection of biscuits and shortbread from Walkers of Aberlour, pure heather honey from Struan Apiaries, and an assortment of toys, games and books for children.
Featured alongside the more traditional Highland gifts and our own ‘Ballindalloch Castle’ souvenir range are items from some of our talented local producers: jewellery from Mhairi Walker, lavender Scottie dogs from ‘Blairies of Banffshire’, and a variety of locally-made jams, chutneys and marmalade. In addition, we have a new range of candles and home fragrancing which has been made locally, exclusively for sale at the Castle.
Our selection of books ranges from the natural environment, history and whisky to walking guides and maps – and, of course, we stock the cookbooks I Love Food and I Love Food 2 as well as I Love Banffshire (the latter produced for charity), all by the Laird’s mother, Clare Macpherson-Grant Russell – more about these on our Books page.
We were flushed with success to scoop the prize in the ‘Best Loos’ category of the 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards. Clare Russell, along with her husband Oliver, accepted the award for the Castle from the broadcaster and historian, Dan Snow, at a presentation held at Goldsmiths Hall in London.
Do come and explore and enjoy five hundred years of Highland history, acres of formal gardens, woodlands and riverside walks, the children’s Playground, Picnic Area, Tearoom and Gift Shop…and some award-winning loos! The links to the right will take you to all the information about the Castle and Estate that you could wish.
Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens are open to visitors from Easter through to the end of September. My wife and I and all the staff at Ballindalloch Castle look forward to welcoming you here for a happy day out at the heart of Speyside…
If you have any questions or comments, do get in touch with the team via the contact page. And, of course, you can keep up with all the latest news and developments at Ballindalloch on our Facebook page.
Planning your day? There is plenty to do at Ballindalloch, both inside and out. While the rule of thumb in the Highlands is to prepare for the four seasons to arrive in one day, have a look the Met Office forecast for Ballindalloch to check what the likely theme is going to be…!