Region : Banffshire
Location :14 miles north east of Grantown on Spey on the A95.
Details : Originally built in a traditional Z plan it has been much altered and enlarged over the centuries. Ballindalloch dates from at least the 16th century- the date 1546 is carved on a stone lintel in one of the bedrooms. The main tower is an exponent of this period. After being plundered and burned by James Graham the first Marquis of Montrose it was restored in 1645. It exemplifies the transition from the fortified tower house of the 16th century to the elegant and comfortable country house. The present family the Macpherson-Grants have resided here since 1546, they continue to improve the Castle and the Estate, and are pleased to welcome visitors to their home. An online Castle tour is avilable Here.
Paranormal Phenomena : Allegedly haunted by General Grant (American Civil War), who stayed here during his life.
The castle alleges the apparition of the spirit of an unknown woman seen sitting in a chair in The Pink Tower (1546), dressed in a pink crinoline gown and large straw hat.
The dining room of Ballindalloch is said to be haunted by a ghost known as The Green Lady.
paranormal database adds “Seen outside the castle, this woman carries a letter addressed to her lover that will never be delivered.” This apparition is said to be seen crossing the old Bridge of Avon in the evening
and “Inside, the building a former male owner walks towards his wine cellar.”
The castle is also well-endowed with ghosts. The spirit of General James Grant is alleged to review his estate every night mounted on a white horse. The sad ghost of a daughter of the castle, jilted in love, has been seen crossing the old Bridge of Avon in the evening to post a letter to her errant lover.