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River Avon: Photo by ejbluefolds CC 2020

Fishing the Avon

Known hereabouts as the ‘Fisherman’s River’, the Avon (pronounced A’an) brawls and rushes on its journey toward the River Spey at the Junction Pool. The Avon’s pools and runs offer excellent stocks of Atlantic Salmon and seatrout, depending on the time of year and the height of water. A delight to fish, there is something for every fishermen in the variety of fishing challenges on the Avon. The personal nature of the fishing experience on the river is appreciated by all visitors; one is alone surrounded by wildlife in a secluded river valley, almost stalking the fish in their lairs.

The fishing is divided up into six beats, mostly double-bank. Ten rods fish five beats, two per beat, daily through the week; one beat is kept fallow, for occasional use by the Estate. Rods meet the ghillie at the Avon Rod Room at the Delnashaugh Hotel before being briefed and shown to their fishing beat for the day. Each beat has a basic hut and parking for anglers.

Fishing Beats

Ballindalloch Estate offers six beats on the River Avon, mostly with fishing on both banks.

Beats 1 to 6
Five rotating beats of two rods supported by one ghillie; one beat fallow.
Marches with the Crown Estate and the Ballindalloch Castle Beat on the Spey.
All pools double bank except for on the top two beats

Dalrachie Beat
Four rods and does not involve ghillie support.


River Avon Gallery


Additional photographs provided by Charlie Allan and Mark Melville.

The huts at Ballindalloch

Fishing the Spey

Fishermen and women travel from around the world to fish the famous salmon pools of the Estate’s Castle and Pitchroy beats. These make up the three miles of double-bank fishing on the River Spey that the Estate manages.

Well known for its torrents and steep gradients, the River Spey travels more gently through the Estate and provides good stocks of Seatrout and Atlantic Salmon.

There are two huts, both have toilet facilities and there is one on each beat. Anglers gather there to meet their ghillies before heading out to fish their water for the day. Most fishing is done from the riverbank but there are two boats for use depending on the conditions and the pool being fished.

Fishing Beats

Ballindalloch Estate offers two beats on the River Spey. Our Castle Beat includes the famous Junction Pool, which is possibly the best known pool on the whole river.

Six rods supported by one ghillie.
Marches with Tulchan D and Pitchroy.
All pools are double bank.

Four rods supported by one ghillie.
Marches with Ballindalloch and Knockando.
All pools are double bank.


River Spey Gallery


Additional photographs provided by Charlie Allan and Mark Melville.


We are pleased to announce that the Lagmore Café is now open in the Clubhouse for everyone to enjoy from 1000 until 1600hrs Tuesday – Sunday inclusive

Initially it will be open from 0930 until 1600hrs Wednesday – Sunday inclusive

You can pay a virtual visit to the Lagmore Cafe on Facebook and Instagram.

The golf course is operating on a Pay and Play basis.

The price per person per 9 hole round is £10.00 (incl. VAT).
Season tickets are available at £120 (incl. VAT) for the calendar year

Please pay before you play

The Course has been prepared in accordance with COVID-19 guidance issued by Scottish Golf. In advance of coming to the course, Golfers are directed to the Scottish Golf ‘Procedures for Golfers’.

When the Lagmore Café is open please sign in to and pay at the clubhouse. When it is closed put your money in the envelopes provided in the tub at the front door and add to the front of the envelope your Name, Tee Off time, Date and Postcode for where you live.

This information will be kept for a period of at least 6 weeks to assist with contact tracing should the need arise.


Golfers planning to play at Ballindalloch are expected to observe the following:

  • Travel to the golf course from your home must be in line with Scottish Government guidelines.
  • If you are in the highest risk group outlined by the Government, then consider staying at home.
  • If you are ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19 then stay at home.
  • Ensure you have enough golf balls, tees etc.
  • Park your car in such a way as to facilitate physical distancing.
  • Change your shoes in the car park


On the Course:

  • Always observe social distancing rules on the course.
  • With no rakes allowed on the course, golfers are to make their very best efforts to smooth the sand using their club and/or their feet.
  • Following play of a hole, do not enter the next teeing area until the all members of the group in front have played their tee- shots and exited the teeing area.
  • Do not share equipment, food or drink with other players during your round.
  • Do not touch the flag or flagstick. Putt with the flagstick in and remove your own ball from the hole. Remember: not every putt needs to be holed out in casual golf.


Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course, with its nine holes and 18 tees, provides a fair test for golfers of all standards. The golf course is set on the banks of the Avon River, among 150-year-old trees and with marvellous views of the surrounding purple heather-clad hills and native birch woods.

This Ballindalloch course was designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, both internationally recognized golf course architects. They created a heady mix of challenging golf and aesthetic appeal, just as they have done at their other famous Scottish design, the Carnegie Course at Skibo Castle.

The layout delivers a par 72 over two levels, making the most of the natural landscape. A combination of wide fairways and narrow approaches give a course that is as testing as it is attractive.

The course is located immediately off the A95 and within easy reach of numerous hotels, distilleries and, of course, Ballindalloch Castle itself. There is also access to two Electric Vehicle charge points in the car park. The course can also be booked for exclusive use.

The cost of a round of golf at Ballindalloch is £10.00 and we operate an honesty box system for payments. For more information call 01807 500205


Score Card (right-click to download or print)

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Estate Aims

The aims of management of Ballindalloch Estate are:

·       To provide a home for the current and future generations of the Macpherson-Grant family while also being a thriving family business.

·       To work together with all stakeholders to achieve a high standard of stewardship and land management for the benefit of present and future generations.

·       To adopt consistent policies for the conservation of the natural assets of the Estate.

These aims will be achieved by:

·       Contributing to the economic activity of the local area.

·       Maintaining efficient and considerate management policies for all areas of activity.

·       Ensuring an exemplary welcome for all visitors to the Estate, whether for tourism, leisure or business.

·       Providing good working conditions for staff and good living conditions for those accommodated on the estate, while ensuring equal opportunities for all.

·       Contributing where possible to the social well-being of the estate staff, pensioners, tenants and the local community.

·       Keeping costs under scrutiny and constantly improving the standard of financial accountability and management of the Estate.

·       Managing in an efficient and sustainable manner the natural assets of the Estate, and developing new economic enterprises where viable and appropriate.

·       Conserving the natural heritage of the Estate, and maintaining to a high standard all built heritage of importance.

·       Managing efficiently and sustainably the wild game resources of the Estate and providing a variety of shooting, stalking and fishing opportunities.

·       Managing the natural woodland and forestry plantations in a sustainable manner.

The Ballindalloch Estate

The Ballindalloch Estate is a privately owned and professionally managed family business in the heart of Speyside in North-East Scotland that employs more than thirty people.  The Estate consists of farmland, woodland, distilling, tourism, leisure, sporting, and renewable energy interests and a number of commercial and residential properties.  This activity is centred on Ballindalloch Castle, which is a listed building of national heritage interest, having been built originally in 1546, and is one of only a small number of castles in Scotland still lived in by the family of its original owners.

The Estate aims to maintain diverse economic activity in this rural area in order to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable rural community in keeping with its Highland surroundings.  Visitors are welcome on the Estate; the family consider that education is essential for people to understand the Estate’s role in the wider community.

The Estate is an area of approximately 9,000 hectares of farmland, woodland and moorland at the junction of the Rivers Spey and Avon in the North-East of Scotland.  The Estate straddles the Morayshire and Banffshire county boundaries and has changed little in its extent since the late Eighteenth century.  Ownership of the Estate throughout this period has been, and presently is, the responsibility of the Macpherson-Grant family.

The character of the Estate varies from the riverine landscape of the straths of the Spey and the Avon at around 450 feet to the moorland on Ben Rinnes and the montane conditions existing at the Estate’s march on the Scurran of Morinsh at 2,500 feet.  In between there is a mixture of arable and livestock farming land, both held in hand and tenanted, a variety of natural woodland areas and commercial softwood plantations, as well as areas of peatland and wetland.

The permanent population of the area is centred on the settlements of Marypark and Cragganmore, though the numbers are swelled considerably by those living throughout the area in the various properties and by those visiting during the summer months.  The Estate is situated in Speyside, seven miles south-west of Aberlour-on-Spey and fourteen miles north-east of Grantown-on-Spey.  These villages provide much of the support infrastructure for those living on the Estate.  The main businesses in the Speyside area are tourism, whisky distilleries, farming and country sports, together with the world-renowned food manufacturers Walkers Shortbread and Baxters Foods.

Access by road is straightforward since the Estate is almost bisected by the A95 Keith to Aviemore trunk road.  Minor roads lead off to Glenlivet and Knockando, while a number of single track public roads also exist.  Access by foot to the upland areas is simple, for instance by the well-signposted Speyside Way that crosses the Estate.  However, since the Estate is by no means an area of ‘wild land’ and has no hills of Munro height, the pressure from hill-walkers has never been extensive.

The Estate presently directly employs a full time resident Factor and more than thirty people full time, part time and seasonally; in addition the Estate provides work for a substantial number of local tradesmen.  The Estate is owned and run by the present generation of the Macpherson-Grant family, who live at Ballindalloch Castle.  The management of the Estate is headed by Guy and Victoria Macpherson-Grant who manage a number of aspects of the Estate directly.  There are seven tenanted farms on the Estate, as well as the Home Farms.

The Estate has a narrow choice in the economic activity it carries out.  Within the limitations placed upon it, the Estate looks to carry on a business that has several components, in order to generate sufficient income to reinvest in the Estate and its assets.  The following sections identify the various operations of the Estate, the key elements of its businesses and the aims the Estate has for those businesses.

There are three websites that provide full information for visitors to the Estate:




Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens

Ballindalloch Castle has been the home of the Macpherson-Grants since the Sixteenth Century and today is one of the finest surviving examples of a classic Scottish baronial castle. Situated on the banks of the River Avon, a short distance from its junction with the River Spey, we welcome visitors from Good Friday until 30th September.

Come and explore and enjoy five hundred years of Highland history, acres of formal gardens, woodlands and riverside walks, the children’s Playground, Picnic Area, Tearoom and Gift Shop…and some award-winning loos!

You find information about the castle on the Ballindaloch Castle and Gardens website.

Wind farm Ballindalloch

Paul’s Hill Wind Farm

Changing times have brought changing attitudes towards conservation and land use. In the 21st Century responsible stewardship of the land demands more than the preservation of the natural landscape. It also requires that we harness the abundant natural resources of the Scottish Highlands in order to combat climate change and generate sustainable energy supplies for future generations. We also believe that adding renewable energy to our portfolio of commercial activities will help us meet the challenge of diversifying and sustaining the rural Speyside economy.

With these goals in mind we went into partnership with Fred Olsen Renewables and in May 2006 Paul’s Hill Wind Farm became operational. Located upon moorlands on the northern edges of the Ballindalloch Estate, Paul’s Hill Wind Farm comprises twenty eight Siemens 2.3 Mega Watt turbines and generates a maximum output of 64.4 Mega Watts of electricity. Power from our wind farm enters the national grid via the Scottish and Southern Energy substation in Moray and provides enough electricity to meet the needs of 35,000 homes annually.

The establishment of a wind farm upon the Ballindalloch Estate has also brought immediate and tangible benefits to the local Speyside community. Paul’s Hill Wind Farm has established a community benefit fund which finances projects that help sustain the local environment, improve local amenities or assist in attracting more tourists to the region. The fund is administered by the Community Council and grants are made yearly.

For more information on Paul’s Hill Wind Farm and the community benefit fund please visit:

Events Hosting

With its magnificent baronial style castle, bounded by lovingly manicured grounds and a picturesque walled garden, Ballindalloch Estate offers the ideal Scottish Highlands venue for private functions, conferences, corporate hospitality, photo shoots and anything else you can think of – well, that is legal!

For business and corporate clients the Ballindalloch Estate, set amidst the tranquil Spey Valley, affords the perfect ‘escape to the country’ experience for professionals looking to freshen up their ideas and recharge their batteries. We can provide tailor-made itineraries and on-site support to make sure your organisation reaps the full benefits from its conference, seminar and team building activities. Ballindalloch Estate is conveniently situated for both Aberdeen and Inverness international airports.

The old fashioned splendour of the grounds and the unspoilt facade of our ‘fairy-tale’ castle make Ballindalloch Estate an excellent location for product launches, fashion shoots and brand marketing. The tasteful blending of Middle Ages fortification and later Georgian and Victorian gentrification also afford plenty of filmic opportunities for Location Managers looking for an authentic Scottish Highlands period setting. Onsite catering and accommodation can be provided for production teams and their support staff, together with props and casting facilities where required.

For all our guests there are a large variety of extracurricular activities available both on-site and nearby. Ballindalloch provides plentiful opportunities for traditional Highland country sports and our guests are welcome to try their hands at fly-fishing on the Rivers Spey and Avon or shooting and deer stalking upon the local moors; ably assisted and tutored by our experienced ghillies. We can also arrange an array of sporting activities outside of the Estate, including clay pigeon shooting, archery, white water rafting, off road driving and mountain orienteering.

Whatever your event, whether business or pleasure, our team here at Ballindalloch Estate will create a bespoke package customised to your individual requirements.

To find out more please contact us here.

Ballindalloch Single Malt Distillery

Located in a 19th century steading, Ballindalloch Distillery began production in September 2014 after a number of years of planning, building and renovation work.

It can very much be said that the building of Ballindalloch Distillery is a return to the industry for the Macpherson-Grant family following the work of Sir George Macpherson-Grant, the 3rd Baronet of Ballindalloch who began his involvement in the industry in the 1860’s.

Based on traditional distillation principles, our single malt Distillery has no reliance on computers, instead using the skill of Distillery Manager Colin Poppy and assistants David Norquoy and Ian McMurdo. Here you are able to get as close as it is possible to be to the art of whisky making and a range of tours of Ballindalloch Distillery are available by appointment

For more information and to book a tour please visit the Distillery website