Gardens - Scotland

Ballindalloch Castle Gardens, Banffshire

Delightful walled garden, good herbaceous borders and a large rock garden 

Ballindalloch Castle is a typical white harled Scottish castle with turrets and towers. It is surrounded by extensive parkland and formal gardens. It makes a very good day out. Visitors are given a plan of the grounds when they arrive which marks walks including the river walk along the banks of the Rivers Avon and Spey. There is also a mown grass maze.

This is very much a working estate and the pedigree herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle can be seen when driving to the car park. This was established here in 1860 from the hardy, black hornless cattle who have been in North East of Scotland since the C12th. By the car park is the lama enclosure. The lamas were a ruby wedding present to the present owners.

Also by the car park is the children's play area with slides, swings, plenty of toy tractors and a train made out of whisky barrels.

The castle is reached through a laburnum tunnel which would be a glorious sight in the spring. It is surrounded by well tended grassland with mature specimen trees. There are attractive herbaceous borders along the wings of the house and a large rock garden with arches of roses to the front.

Ballindalloch Castle Gardens

The walled garden is about 5 minutes walk from the house and is now an ornamental rose garden although there are a few apple trees in a corner. In the centre is a small fountain with water lilies and four bronze herons. This is surrounded by a paved area with stone seats, climbing roses and catnip. It is a lovely place to sit.

Ballindalloch Castle Gardens

Archways leading to the fountain are covered with clematis.

Ballindalloch Castle Gardens

The rest of the garden is grassed over. There are four free standing rose beds with cat nip borders and a small statue in the centre. Round the edges are posts with climbing roses and loop of rope swung between them. These have borders of purple and white campanulas.

Ballindalloch Castle

The design is completed by long rectangular rose beds also with campanula edgings. Hydrangeas and clematis climb up the walls, at the far end  a gate leads through to an area with green houses.

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