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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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Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
+44 1796 481207

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A visit to Blair is something of a must for us when we holiday in Perthshire. Lovely property & nice large walled garden with large pond, which is home to numerous waterfowl. There is also a piper who plays on the hour & peacocks in...More

Thank Philip H
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visit the castle at lunch time, so we had our lunch there and it was perfect. It is a great white castle full of history. Is is surrounded by gardens.

Thank Sandra F
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was my first visit to Blair Castle. Fortunately we arrived prior to a couple of bus trips. it was wonderful - the castle is so very interesting and packed with so much to see and learn - the deer skulls were a bit overpowering...More

Thank esme199
Reviewed 6 days ago

For a first visit to Scotland, outside golf and whiskey distilleries, there are a number of beautiful castles which deserve one's attention. I will list in this review all those that made our trip a success: Blair, Glamis, Ballindalloch, Inveraray, Sterling, Dunrobin, Falkland. Each has...More

Thank Elena552014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I absolutely loved this place, serene quite and peaceful, also the castle was small, but had a display that would leave you in awe, a must visit if you are in the area

Thank SiddhantDand
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful castle with an interesting history. Well maintained grounds. Our guide was new but well trained and the walking tour was well conducted, providing a great overview of each room. There is a gift shop and a cafe.

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting place with an eclectic number of stag heads in dispersed with rifles and swords. The history of the family is well told and the artefacts from various times in history well preserved. Did not have time to see the gardens but will be...More

Thank Tracy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our time at Blair Castle. The grounds and surrounding hills are beautiful. It is easy to access off of the nearby A road. Parking is plentiful and there are toilets and food easily accessible. The house is well kept and packed full of...More

Thank TarHeelBorn1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited en route to Inverness so this was our only visit in this area. The castle is very impressive and like many others had been developed over the years according to the whims of the incumbent at the time. As well as the rooms,...More

Thank PeterLanky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be sure to buy the Blair Castle booklet, they offer at the entrance. No photography is allowed inside and the book has wonderful photos, along with interesting history explaining about Blair Castle. Lovely grounds. We arrived just before large bus loads of people did. The...More

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are u open easter 2016 is easy get from pitlochry on bus or taxi
March 15, 2016|
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Response from Whisky-Sandy | Reviewed this property |
Alan's answer is perfect although it would be useful to check opening times on line. It's simple enough. It's worth the trouble believe me.
Is it open in February and March?
August 28, 2015|
Response from DianaBertoldi | Reviewed this property |
Hi Maureen. Unfortunately the castle is open from 1 April to 31 October or for special events.
Hi, We are coming (a couple) on 22nd Feb and unfortunately, had to book a twin room, as the only double rooms available are smoking and we don't smoke. What is the chance of getting a room with a view? I have requested this on booking but was advised by the booking people that they are not responsible for room allocations and that it is the hotel's responsibility. We really would be so grateful for a room with a view. Kind regards
January 6, 2015|
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Response from LadyMalfoy | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you can stay at the castle but the closest hotel is the atholl arms and it is a fantastic place, highly recommend it. Views... it is beautiful all around!