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Ballindalloch Castle, Ballindalloch

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Ballindalloch Castle, known as the "pearl of the north", is a Scottish castle located in Banffshire, Scotland. It has been the family home of Macpherson-Grants since 1546.HistoryThe first tower of the Z plan castle was built in 1546. After it was plundered and burned by James Graham, the first Marquess of Montrose, it was restored in 1645.Extensions were added in 1770 by General James Grant of the American Wars of Independence (whose ghost is said to haunt the castle) and in 1850 by the architect Thomas MacKenzie. Further extensions carried out in 1878 were mostly demolished during and modernisations enacted in 1965. It has been continuously occupied by the Russell and Macpherson-Grant families throughout its existence.The castle houses an important collection of 17th century Spanish paintings. The dining room of Ballindalloch is said to be haunted by a ghost known as The Green Lady.The castle grounds contain a 20th-century rock garden and a 17th-century dovecote. The rivers Spey and Avon flow through the grounds, offering excellent fishing. The famous Aberdeen Angus cattle herd resides in the castle estate.
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  • This place was somewhere to stop on the way to our next destination. Really enjoyed the gardens and small tea room. Not many rooms to visit, but what there was to see was very interesting. Lots of pic...  read more »
  • This Castle is real gem. Tucked away north of sunny Granton it really is a beautiful gem of a place. Easy parking and a lovely walk past an 18th century dove cote to the main castle sets the scene for...  read more »
  • We were there on a business trip, as we work with the distilleries in the area. The hotel was Clean, comfortable, food was amazing, breakfast had stornoway black pudding to die for. Service was excell...  read more »
  • Lovely, well-kept grounds and a wealth of history here to enjoy learning about! The tea room is wonderful and you CANNOT miss the cake. I had the hummingbird cake and it was incredible, but I have no doubt they all are. Friendly, professional staff as well. I only had 2 hours and definitely wish I had at least double the time.
  • Amazing house, of great tradition and still inhabited by the same family since it was built.
  • Beautiful!
  • lovely castle and gardens - very interesting. gardens are fabulous. nice coffee shop. soup and sandwich very nice.
  • Definitely place for nice day, but lovely kept grounds and great walks. Coffee shop nice and very reasonably priced, good for young children with good park and picnic facilities.
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