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Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

Address: Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
Phone Number: 01796 481207
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic sites, Castles, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of...
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Type: Gardens, Historic sites, Castles, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

beautifully serene!!!! gardens are lovely .. plenty of walks and make sure you say hello to the chickens who are roaming free and very very friendly... the castle itself is out of this world like a fairytale... and the history that goes with it is as exciting as the castle itself!! .. enjoy ppl x

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The castle is full of historic relics with rooms furnished in 17-18 century style. The walled garden is full of local and exotic plants and is perfect for sitting in on a sunny day .

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Just entering the castle takes your breathe away, old ruined castles are fine but entering a lived in castle is better. Each room has a story and staff throughout are there to give you any advice you need or tell you a story of the castle. We have yet to go here in the summer when the gardens are at... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My wife and I had a limited budget for seeing castles during our tour of Scotland. We were really glad that we used part of it to see Blair Castle. It was well worth the visit with all of the rooms that are available to the public (30 in all) such as the beautiful period rooms, the family history portrayed,... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Located just off the A9 -B8079 near Blair Atholl Perth to Inverness road A wonderful Castle -not cheap , but to me, worth the cost Unique Military items, and everything else you would expect from a Castle. A woodland with rare trees within it -some are the largest of their type in Britain. A nice walk. and a well run... More 

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Reasonably priced for the amount to see and do. We started our visit to the Hercules Gardens, an extensive well laid out garden incorporating a large pond with bridges and a number of small structures used to house the local wild life. Take the walk up to the old ruined church before venturing back to the castle via the woodland... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

A fascinating house, packed with history .So much to see and read sheer delight. the grounds and parkland are beautiful! A must visit if in the area.

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We were met at reception. The walls are covered with all sorts of weapons. Amazing! It is possible to buy a guidebook here, however, we chose to just use the information cards in each of the rooms. There were also some beautiful tapestries. We ended our visit with a lovely cup of coffee in the tea rooms

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Helston, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is a beautiful Castle with expansive gardens and wild deer. Also excellent tour guides with a tot of whiskey on entry as a welcome.. There are numerous rooms inside the castle with an excellent restaurant. Most rooms are open to the general public, where you can walk around at your leisure. Numerous exhibits well worth looking at.

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Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

have attended as an craft show,staff are pleasent..good coffee,amazing gardens and hall..good food allround a pleasent experiance..

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