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“Great gardens and lovely house.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ballindalloch Castle

Ballindalloch Castle
Ballindalloch Castle, Ballindalloch AB37 9AX, Scotland
01807 500205
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Elgin
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“Great gardens and lovely house.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The first thing you should know is that this is not a castle as you may think of one. It's more like a grand manor house or stately home.

We paid £10 for access to the castle and gardens, but you can just pay £5 for access to either the castle or the gardens if you wish.

On first arrival at the small gatehouse where we had to pay we were greeted by a very friendly member of staff who was very informative of the different options we had and in giving us directions.

At the car park there is a dog walking area, a children's play area and a picnic area, surrounded by large grassed open spaces this first impression is great.

We went straight on to the gardens which were fantastic and then onto the river walk which was very peaceful and pleasant.

By the time we got back to the actual castle it was nearing lunch time so we had a quick rest room stop. The first thing I would say here is how amazing the toilets are, they are grander than many rooms I have seen in people's houses. A real treat for you as you take relief!!

After that we decided to eat at the cafe, we had sandwiches, drinks and a slice of cake each, the staff were very helpful and friendly. The atmosphere in the cafe is lovely and incorporates a small gift selling area. The thing I liked about this is that you don't feel under any pressure to buy anything unlike some places.

The food from the cafe was very good indeed, no complaints here and the service was speedy and pleasant. We also thought it was very good value for money indeed.

The lady staffing the gift area was very pleasant and obviously lives on site in one of the smaller houses, she happily engaged us in conversation about the books on sale and the red squirrels that are frequently seen in her garden.

The house itself is still lived in by the family and there are many interesting photos, pictures and furniture pieces to see.

There are some steep winding steps which would be inaccessible to wheel chairs and people of a nervous disposition. A map of the outside area is available from the staff and there are information cards in each room with history of the room and the pieces to see in each room on them.

All in all a very worthwhile and enjoyable visit don't miss the short film before you enter the castle it provides a good introduction.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Very good castle to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Beautiful family-run castle to visit - plenty to do in the grounds - and great cookery books by the owner!

Visited August 2013
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Ayrshire
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“Castle and Gardens.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Weather was lovely and the Gardens and walks matched the weather.The castle has got everything you imagined about castles, the history is there and royalty for you to discover.The gardens are beautiful and you can have walks to the River Spey and amble to your hearts con tent,picnic tables,Childrens play area and llamas/alpacas to watch(although it was a bit warm for them).A great day was had by all.I would highly recommend this Castle for a very family friendly young and old to enjoy.Have a coffee/tea in the castle tea room and gift shop.Superb.

Visited July 2013
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“Castle with modern residents”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Lavishly furnished and decorated area of the castle accessible to visitors. No photos allowed inside, but no limits on photos outside, and the exterior of the castle is, to say the least, photgenic. Grounds are beautiful, and include a short path along the River Spey.

Visited July 2013
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winsford
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“must see castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

wonderful river walk and nice castle to walk around,been before but no wild raspberries out this year,well worth a tenner and a must visit if you are up in the highlands,fishing on the river is good and golf course excellent too, enjoy

Visited July 2013
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