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Keeping you safe

Welcome to our page on the additional arrangements that we have made to keep you safe when you visit the Gardens at Ballindalloch Castle.

Before you travel

  • Do you or anyone in your household have any of the following symptoms?
    • A new persistent cough
    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath
    • Loss of smell or taste
  • If the answer is YES, please do not travel and, for the sake of others, stay at home for at least 14 days until all symptoms have passed.
  • We also recommend bringing your own hand sanitiser with you to carry around the property, in case you need to touch benches, table, etc.

For any further information, please see:

On arrival

  • In order to cut down on the chances of the virus being transmitted via cash, we would be very grateful if you come prepared to pay by card.
  • We have a contactless card machine at the Admissions Hut.
  • The limit has been raised to £45 per transaction and so plenty for covering the entrance fee.


  • Please do adhere to the latest social distancing rules at all times – that means a distance of at least 2m (6½ feet) between you and anyone else not in your household.
  • I am afraid that it has not been possible to open the Castle or the Gift Shop for safety reasons, nor to put out the ride-on toys or the go-karts for use by visitors.
  • Due to the confined, enclosed space we have not been able to open the Audiovisual, but the new short film about
  • Ballindalloch will be available to watch on our website by the end of July.


  • These are 100% open for you to enjoy, particularly the Front Border.
  • The gates to the Walled Garden will be left open in order to avoid the need to touch the handles.
  • There should be plenty of room to manoeuvre past people at a distance of 2m at all points. Please be considerate to others in this respect – at some points, for instance in the Laburnum Archway, it may be necessary to wait to let others pass.
  • The model Train Station will also be available to visit, with the door being left open in order to facilitate access.


  • Gemma has this open now for sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks, teas and coffees – indeed she is looking forward to showing off the new espresso coffee machine that she has just installed!
  • Everything will be on a takeaway basis until restrictions are lifted further. Ordering will be on the basis of one person or household at the counter inside at any one time.


  • This is open for use by visitors at their own risk.
  • Parents, guardians or carers are asked to behave responsibly in relation to their children’s use of the Playground.
  • I am afraid that for safety reasons we have not been able to put out the ride-on toys or the go-karts for use by visitors


  • These will look a little different to normal! We have removed any items or furnishings where the coronavirus might be able to hide…
  • We will be checking and cleaning the toilets three times a day.
  • There are hand sanitiser dispensers on the wall for your use in addition to washing your hands as normal.

We hope that you will have a lovely time when you visit here…

Guy Macpherson-Grant





Opening times and prices 2020

Please note that as a result of these strange times that we are living through we will be opening on Wednesday 8 July 2020 but the Gardens only. There will be no entry to the Castle.

Our opening times and prices are as follows:
8 July 2020 until 30 September 10.00am – 5.00pm (last admission: 4.00)
Sunday – Thursday (Closed Friday and Saturday)

Please see the additional page on the website that deals with what we have been doing to make sure that your visit here is as safe as possible as well as a fun, enjoyable experience.


 Grounds Only
Child (6-16)£3.00
Child (under 5)Free
Senior Citizens£6.00
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children)£14.00
Season Ticket£15.00*
* (Children Free on G.O. Season Ticket)

You can view our Access Policy here



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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 and The Highland Soap Company, sheepskin hats, gloves and rugs, a variety of Harris Tweed items including bags, ties, spectacle cases, and hip flasks, and a range of pendants, earrings and brooches from the Heathergems collection. We also stock a delectable selection of biscuits and shortbread from Walkers of Aberlour, pure heather honey, gift tins filled with biscuits or fudge, 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, including lavender Highland Cows and Scottie dogs from ‘Blairies of Banffshire’, and a variety of locally-made jams, chutneys and marmalades. In addition, we have a new range of candles and home fragrancing, made locally and for sale exclusively 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’, ‘I Love Food 2’, and ‘I Love Food 3’, 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!”

Information for Visitors

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…

…however, in these strange times of the COVID-19 pandemic we have been late to open up. We will do so in July and only then the Gardens and Grounds. Please go to the Opening times page for the latest information on when that will be and to our focused ‘Additional COVID-19 Arrangements’ for the additional safety elements that you will notice.

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…!







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