"Ballindalloch Castle" Scotland Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

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  • Classic castle entrance portal - Scotland
      Classic castle entrance portal
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"Sorry darling, I've got to pull up again. I'm sure you'll understand this time."
It was, let's face it, a stunning vista. Classic stone bridge, classic castle entrance portal, classic autumn leaves, all set over a gushing river. How could one not stop to take a photo?
I had no idea what I was looking at historically, but the entry gate was impressive. It turned out it was a genuine castle, resplendent with, wait for it, its own golf course. Got to be happy with that. Naturally enough, that immediately puts it in the league above mine, expense-wise that is but I have to say it sure looked beautiful.
Ballindalloch dates from at least the 16th century. The main tower is plainly of this period. Moreover, the date 1546 is carved on a stone lintel in one of the bedrooms (graffiti can sometimes be helpful!) providing a more precise date for the construction of the castle.
Today, as in the past, Ballindalloch is first and foremost a family home and is one of the very few privately owned castles in Scotland to have been lived in continuously by its original family. Obviously the death taxes problem has been overcome.
The Castle was originally built in the traditional Z plan, but has been much altered and enlarged over the centuries. Ballindalloch Castle exemplifies the transition from the fortified tower house necessary in 16th century Scotland to the elegant and comfortable country house so beloved of the Victorians in the Highlands. The present family continue to improve the Castle and the Estate and are pleased to welcome visitors to their home.

Address: Tomtintoul, Banffshire

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  • Updated Jan 3, 2006
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