History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The core of Ballindalloch is a z-plan tower house, so typical of late 16th-century noble houses in Grampian. The date 1546 is inscribed on a lintel over the door, though there is some debate as to whether this is correct. Ballindalloch was badly damaged by the Marquis of Montrose following the Battle Inverlochy in 1645.
The originally fortified tower house was transformed in the 1770s by Colonel James Grant, a career soldier and diplomat. Grant, who served as governor of East Florida, enlarged his ancestral home, adding a pair of wings, one set aside for the use of his French chef (Colonel Grant obviously enjoyed his dinners).
The interiors are marvellous, with sumptuous furnishings. The chief interest here though is the wonderful collection of 17th-century Spanish paintings by masters such as Murillo. But Ballindalloch is very much a family home, with a warm, lived-in feel. The rooms are small and intimate, unlike many stately homes, and really give you a real sense of the house's long history.
A very short stroll from the front entrance to the house is a lovely hillside garden with water features, a real riot of colour in summer. A longer walk brings you to a walled rose garden, where you can see examples of the Ballindalloch Rose, developed here.
Just inside the entrance gates of the grounds, where you purchase your ticket, is a small stone circle, set within a low stone walled enclosure. A short distance from the grounds, opposite Ballindalloch post office, is the historic Bridge of A'an, beside the modern road bridge.
About Ballindalloch Castle
Address: Ballindalloch, Grantown-on-Spey, Highland, Scotland, AB37 9AX
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 14 m (22.5 km) NE Grantown-on-Spey, on A95
Website: Ballindalloch Castle
Historic Houses Association
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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