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The surrounding area of Badenoch has been the lands of the Clan Macpherson for centuries. The original seat of the Clan Chief, Cluny Castle is located some miles to the west and other Estates such as Ralia, Nuide, Banchor, Glentruim, Phones, Pitmain, Invereshie and others all belong to Clansman at one time or another.

Balavil is the last Estate in the area, which has come down by inheritance from an 18th century Macpherson. Many of the antiques, paintings and silver in the house also date from this period. It is not surprising therefore that the house and Estate are held in great respect by Macpherson Clans folk from all over the world.

At the annual Clan Rally of the Macpherson in the first weekend of August, many clans folk gather from all over the world to Badenoch for a weekend of Highland Games, dancing, singing and general fun.

The Clan has an excellent museum, dedicated to its history in the village of Newtonmore.

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