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Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens

This beautifully eclectic garden is full of hidden surprises, nestled on the banks of the River Avon.

  • 4.6

  • from 438 Google reviews

A castle with a clock at the top of a building
A castle with a clock at the top of a building

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Photo by Colin Mclean. Colin Mclean

About the garden

The Gardens are the pride and joy of the Laird’s mother, Clare Russell, and the Head Gardener, Kevin Clarke. Although not blessed with the most ideal of climates to produce reliably horticultural firework displays, the Gardens have been planned to make the most of the soil and the landscape throughout the year!

Today the visitor enters the Gardens by passing the 18th Century Doo’cot (or dovecote) and soon discovers that there are, in fact, three distinct gardens waiting to be explored. Beyond the large lawn extending from the front of the Castle lies the Rockery, climbing up from the lower slopes of the valley of the River Avon, and affording fine views of the Castle itself. Adjacent to, and enclosed on three sides by the Castle, sits the Courtyard Garden, classically formal and hauntingly romantic. North of the Castle a laburnum arch and tree-lined avenue leads to the magnificent Walled Garden, redesigned in 1996 to celebrate the Castle’s 450th anniversary, and a profusion of colour and perfume all year round.

From the riot of daffodils in Spring to the Autumn roses, with the herbaceous border through the summer, there is plenty to see around the Castle all through the year. All three gardens offer a cornucopia of flora and fauna. Red Squirrels darting here and there between the magnificent trees; roe deer grazing along the banks of the River Avon.

Opening times

12 April - 30 September Sunday - Thursday 10am - 5pm (Last admission 4pm)

Useful details

Garden area

2 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads. Yes - Responsible dog owners and their best friends are always welcome, although dogs (other than guide dogs) are not permitted in all areas of the Gardens nor inside the Castle. There is a dedicated Dog Walking Area set aside in a paddock alongside the Car Park. In addition, visitors are invited to walk their dogs in the woods around the River Walk. These options are marked on the map of the Castle and Gardens that you will be given on arrival. We would ask visitors not to take their dogs into other areas of the grounds. Due to the nature of the Gardens, the presence of other visitors and the ground-nesting birds and red squirrels that live here, we must ask visitors to keep their dogs under control at all times.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Banffshire , AB37 9AX

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Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens
AB37 9AX
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 438 Google reviews

Ian Jackson

4 weeks ago


A stunning place set in beautiful grounds. The teashop was nice and clean with lovely food. The house itself is well worth the wander. I also recommend the short walk (around 2 miles) by the river.

Angus McNicoll

3 weeks ago


Definitely one of the best castles to visit in Scotland. Still lived in by descendants of the family who built it. Beautiful gardens, fascinating and well kept interior, and a lovely cafe/shop. Reserve a few hours to enjoy this visit to the fullest.

Maggie Jane Clark

2 weeks ago


This is the most magical place to go! We treated ourselves to season tickets this year as we love it so much. We usually pack a picnic, have a walk by the river then visit the coffee shop before setting off for home. Wonderful day out.

Jennifer Roberts

a week ago


Lovely castle and garden. Friendly staff. Great cafe with vegan options. Sandwich was tasty and reasonable price.

Peter Rosser

8 months ago


A very good place to visit if in the area, great house/home that is clearly lived in which adds to the enjoyment of the place, cafe is also well worth a visit as the food is of an exceptional standard and don't miss out on the rock garden that until you get there is almost impossible to see the path way to the top where you will find very tall Douglas firs and offers a great view over the estate, only downside is that the distillery will not be open until 2023 for purchases, a date booked in our calender

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01807 500205

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