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Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
+44 1796 481207
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Best of Scotland in a Day Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
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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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“walled garden” (49 reviews)
“entrance hall” (22 reviews)
“piper playing” (17 reviews)
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Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
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+44 1796 481207

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great tour of the castle and extremely interesting. Well worth the time and money. The people working there were very friendly and informed.

Thank John S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Staff at gift shop and inside were really friendly. Excellent wool sweaters inside at a very good price. The castle was immaculate and well maintained. As were the grounds. Whomever manages the property is top. The castle is huge! As are the grounds and gardens....More

Thank RandyKasal
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took a short one hour visit of the castle. Unfortunately we did not have enough time for the gardens ans we had to return to st andrews. The castle is very well maintained and the tour was very good. I wish we had time...More

Thank Laya H
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Hercules Garden is well worth a visit - huge walled garden with fruit and veg and pond and roaming ducks, moor hens, etc. A tranquil spot which despite the number of visitors to the Castle felt quiet and not too busy, which was lovely....More

Thank Catriona G
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I spent an enjoyable morning looking round this stunning Scottish castle and wandering around its gardens. The castle staff were all very knowledgeable and we were made to feel very welcome by them. The small shop and café are worth a visit...More

Thank PFBP1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

More of a manor house than castle although is roots are are traced to the 12th century. Castle and grounds are truly stunning. Or tour started with a brief introduction in the impressive entry hall followed by an unhurried self guided tour of and of...More

Thank Jack S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning architecture both inside and out. Amazing collection of weapons and historical artefacts. Lovely touch is the piper who plays on the hour at the front of the castle. Very nice touch

Thank Angie C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Blair Castle is a wonderful place to visit with lots of rooms open to the public. There's lots to see here. The grounds are lovely as well and if the weather's a bit dicey then there's a number of places to shelter and things to...More

Thank 141Michael-MAH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit. The castle is spectacular and the self guided tour is thorough and enjoysble.

Thank peterfrombrooklyn46
Reviewed 1 week ago

Blair Castle – seat of the Dukes of Atholl is the family home of Clan Murray. This Castle houses magnificent collections of weapons, trophies, and artefacts accumulated over the generations by the Murray family and although a private home is open to the public. The...More

Thank Maria N
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ashwolf26
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.
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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!
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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!
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