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Artist in Residence

The very talented Eve Montgomerie is our Artist in Residence at Ballindalloch Castle. Her studio is based in Lady Macpherson-Grant Hall, close to our Distillery and Golf Course.

Eve, a painter, originally from Somerset but now living with her husband and young family in Knockando, graduated from the prestigious Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen in 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree. She is now studying for a postgraduate degree at Gray’s, as well as fulfilling her role as chair of the Armed Forces Art Society (AFAS).

We shall soon be displaying some of Eve’s paintings at the Castle, but if you would like to see her work in the meantime, or would like to commission a painting, she will be happy to welcome you to her studio, by appointment only (telephone 07949 483134).

You can see some of Eve’s work on her website,

Or follow her on;

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Some of Eve’s work. Please click on a thumbnail to see the larger picture.

Opening times and prices 2018

Our opening times and prices for 2018 are as follows:

Good Friday until 30th September 10.00am – 5.00pm (last admission: 4.00)
Sunday – Friday (Closed Saturday)


 Castle & GroundsGrounds Only
Child (6-16)£6.00£3.00
Child (under 5)FreeFree
Senior Citizens£9.50£6.00
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children)£28.00£14.00
Season Ticket£35.00£25.00*
* (Children Free on G.O. Season Ticket)

You can view our Access Policy here

By Royal Appointment: Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire

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:

  • Organising visits to the county by members of the Royal Family
  • Co-ordinating nominations to the Royal Garden Parties. Nominations are provided by the Deputy Lieutenants of Banffshire and by the local councils, and cover people from all walks of life, particularly those who carry out public or voluntary work.
  • The presentation of medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty
  • Arranging for representatives to be present at War Memorials on Remembrance Sunday
  • Delivering Her Majesty The Queen’s messages of congratulations on Diamond Weddings and 100th Birthdays
  • Liaison with the Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, TA, local Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps units, and the Royal British Legion
  • Involvement in many charity organisations.

GalleryClick on the thumbnail to see a full size image


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Directions to Ballindalloch Castle

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 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 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) .

Castle Gift Shop

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.

The Loos

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.

“Visitors to Ballindalloch are invariably impressed by this fairy-tale 16th-century castle, its elegantly furnished and tastefully decorated interior, and its glorious gardens, so it should come as no surprise to them to find that the loos are just as magnificent!”