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Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
01796 481207
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Owner description: Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story here leads you from Mary Queen of Scot's visit to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to Queen Victoria's famous stay which led to the creation of Europe's only surviving private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Over 700 years of Scottish history are on display across 30 rooms. Highlights of the castle tour include the Baronial Entrance Hall, featuring weapons used at the Battle of Culloden; the classic Georgian styling of the Picture Staircase; the grandeur of the State Dining Room and Drawing Room; and the magnificent Ballroom, bedecked in hundreds of antlers. The Castle sits at the hub of a breathtaking historic landscape and the gardens and grounds feature a 9 acre walled garden, a peaceful wooded grove, a ruined kirk, a red deer park and a whimsical Gothic folly.

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Isle of arran
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We happened to visit the weekend of the fiddle and bagpipe championships. We visited the castle on the Friday and toured the castle rooms and the Hercules garden. There are lots of rooms to see and the garden is beautiful even on a dull day. The food in the restaurant was very good and well priced, also gluten free choice.... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This was a morning excursion with our L&G coach trip. Really interesting outside as well as inside. Welcoming and informative staff and the exhibits and rooms were laid out just as you would expect with information boards in every room. Lots of history and paintings to see. The house was tastefully decorated for Christmas in all rooms and made it... More

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leven fife United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

was very peaceful in gardens castle was nice and staff freindly in shop well cared for castle rooms were all in period setting and pictures were stunning and im not much of a arty person but was in awe of some of them

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North west england
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I had donned my comfortable shoes & I'm very pleased I did. We walked all around, up & down, inside & out of this castle. This is a must for everyone who wishes to appreciate the jewels of bonny Scotland. The furniture, guns & battle armour is something to behold. Absolutely wonderful. The guides on every floor - a mine... More

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Lanark, Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Fantastic place staff very nice gorgeous products. Gardens are fantastic even in the autumn. Returning in the spring.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Seeing the beautifully kept grounds, and the gardens, being stared at by placid highland cattle are all part of the special experience that is visiting the Castle. I am used to getting hotter and hotter as I go round air conditioned and central heated museums so I low most of my layers of warm clothing in the car. However, be... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were lured in by the highland cow at the gate. I had to take pics and then we realized it was the lane to the castle. Classic country scenery made even more beautiful on a crisp autumn day. The grounds alone are worth exploring but the castle was worth the time too. They had a small cafe at the... More

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Thingwall, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Many of the rooms had items in them that were not really associated with the room. The impression was that artefacts had been placed wherever there was a space for displaying. Could not understand the ban on photography within the house. The ground are extensive and the parts we visited were well looked after. Having visited many castles and national... More

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BlairCastle, Public Relations Manager at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this review

Hi, the reason we're don't allow photos is partly for security but mainly for the enjoyment of all our visitors. Most of the items you see are those that were in the rooms when the 7th Duke of Atholl and his family lived here, as can be seem from Victorian photographs. Occasionally, some small items may have been moved, and... More

Paris, France
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The guide book pictures didn't motivate us but as our B&B host did not advise visiting Balmoral (don't get to see much) we changed our plan for Blair and were very pleasantly surprised. I think we spent about 3 hours visiting the rooms full of history. Leaflets available in each room in different languages. No photos .... A very worthwhile... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We went to Blair Castle as an included excursion on a recent trip to Scotland with Lochs & Glens. We weren't really that interested in going there, but boy, were we surprised! The outside of the building, while impressive, didn't really prepare us for the inside. As you walk in, you are greeted with a massive entrance hall covered in... More

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