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 (2017): Sunday to Friday, Easter weekend to September
Cost (2017): £11.50 (adults), £5 (children)
Name: Knockando Woolmill ★★☆☆☆
Description: Working 18th century textile mill on Knockando Burn.
Location: Just off the B9102 between Upper Knockando and Cardhu Distillery, G.R.: NJ 188425 / knees requires heave
Open (2017): Tuesday to Sunday, late March to TBC - closing date not specified on website at time of update; mill runs on weekdays only
Cost (2017): Free; £5 for optional guided tour