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Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
+44 1796 481207
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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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  • Average7%
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“entrance hall” (23 reviews)
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Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
+44 1796 481207

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We do love a castle and Blair Castle is definitely worth at least a half day visit.Friendly welcome at gate, loads of parking and whole estate is in great condition and very well looked after. Pets allowed in gardens but not castle. Piper plays in...More

Thank Rubles2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in Fife for the weekend and thought we would take a day trip here as it had featured in the TV Series Victoria. Nice Scottish castle and a friendly welcome from the informative guides. You tour round on your own but there...More

Thank Hkeith24
Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of our 1 week's trip of the Cairngorms, Blair Castle was the 3rd point of call after visiting Blair Athol Watermill. Upon arrival at the ticket office prior to parking, we were greeted by a lovely girl in a smart uniform. As we...More

Thank anncolin2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the visit, closer to Edinburgh then Inverness, beautiful place and gardens. Very well taken care, family still uses the castle as residence. History of Scotland and wars

Thank Miguel L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were limited for time so only viewed the house which had over 30 rooms to visit. The guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. For a 'castle' it had a wonderfully grand but homely feel with displays detailing the history of all of the Dukes...More

Thank 926PaulT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went as a family with our two grandchildren (5 & 8). From the outside it looks like a fairy princess castle. It looks beautiful. Once inside we were given an "eye spy" package for the 5 year old and a Question & Answer sheet...More

Thank ChipSOO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a couple with a dog and a motorhome, we did not go inside the castle and only paid for the gardens. The guide at the pay booth is friendly, happy and loves his job. The car park is spacious - motorhomers use the top...More

Thank Foodfriend100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walled garden is very nice to look around especially if you have good weather. The castle itself was good and there were guides dotted around to give you information. The restaurant was fine and the prices average for this sort of attraction.

Thank kjm-diver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle and premises are well maintained and beautiful . Staff is very professional and helpful. There is a good cafe in the castle. Fun for the kids with assignment to find clues in the castle to answer questionnaire/quiz.

Thank FromHareskovby
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the best or most extensive gardens we've seen, but they are worth a visit - it is a nice walk. We also enjoyed walking through the castle (and we've visited lots, so we tend not to go inside anymore).

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September 18, 2017|
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Response from PeterLanky | Reviewed this property |
Tours are available for groups of 12 or more and take around 50 minutes. Individual visitors should allow around 1-2 hours to see the castle and another hour for the garden. Also plenty of walking in nice weather.
Paul B
July 25, 2017|
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Response from BlairCastle | Property representative |
Morning, thanks everyone for you wonderful help! Yes you can purchase garden only tickets, castle tickets include access to the gardens as well. Hope you have a great trip to see us!
Chris W
July 15, 2017|
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Response from BlairCastle | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed on a lead in the gardens and grounds but only guide dogs are allowed in the castle. Hope you enjoy your visit!