Ballindalloch & Knockando
Ballindalloch Castle is probably Speyside's finest castle. Close to the confluence of the Rivers Spey and Avon amongst immaculate surroundings, the grounds include a stunning rockery as well as formal gardens. The grand castle interior, good woodland walks, tearoom and even a distillery (plus we couldn't fail to mention the unexpectedly luxurious toilets!) furnish the visitor with a good few hours' worth of activities. There are plenty of other worthwhile diversions in the area too though, including the many Speyside distilleries and a recently restored woolmill at nearby Knockando.
Name: Ballindalloch Castle ★★★★☆
Description: 16th century, Z-plan home of the Macpherson-Grant family.
Location: A95 a mile south of Marypark, G.R.: NJ 178366 ///usual.materials.language
Open (2018): Sunday to Friday, Easter weekend to September
Cost (2018): £11.50 (adults), £6 (children)
Name: Knockando Woolmill ★★☆☆☆
Description: Working 18th century textile mill on Knockando Burn.
Location: Off B9102 between Upper Knockando and Cardhu Distillery, G.R.: NJ 188425 ///knees.requires.heave
Open (2018): Tuesday to Sunday, sometime in March onwards. Further details not specified on website at time of update; mill runs Tuesday to Friday only
Cost (2018): Free; £5+ for optional guided tour which must be booked in advance