Ballindalloch Castle

The Ballindalloch herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle is the oldest in the world.  Black cattle have grazed peacefully in the ‘Coo Haugh’ beside the Castle for almost two centuries.  It was Sir George MacPherson-Grant of Ballindalloch who in 1861 embarked upon a mission to improve the breed, an undertaking to which he devoted himself for the following 50 years.

Since those days Ballindalloch Estate has moved with the times; nowadays farming, forestry, tourism, shooting and fishing operate alongside recent innovations such as our golf course and the new Ballindalloch Distillery, where spirit ran for the first time in September 2014.

Unchanged though, is the deep attachment to the Aberdeen Angus breed and to this day, under the stewardship of Sir George’s descendants, the black cattle still flourish in their serene setting in the grounds of Ballindalloch Castle.

You can find out more by visiting the castle during the summer season, or online at

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