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Address: Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1796 481207
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Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the...

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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you can do a self-guided tour or choose to go along with a guide. Either way, the castle is stunning and the grounds are spectacular. You need to allow at least 2 hours. All... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

you can do a self-guided tour or choose to go along with a guide. Either way, the castle is stunning and the grounds are spectacular. You need to allow at least 2 hours. All floors were w wealth of history and information.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Blair Castle for a private guided tour organised by Trafalgar. They have a stunning armory just inside the entrance of the castle with heaps of swords, rifles, spears and axes laid out all around the walls. The hanging tapestries are huge and very beautiful. One room is dedicated to China dinnerware, I have never seen so many plates in... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit with the family. The bagpiper played what we requested The staff explained everything to the kids Fantastic

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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely castle or rather a house, stunning location and beautiful garden grounds, great place to spend half a day , it does close during the winter season so need to check it is open

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy free parking. Plentty to see, many rooms are open to the public, staff knowledgable and helpful. A number of small exhibitions onsite worth seeing

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only writing this to make sure people know this attraction is closed Nov to March...or sometime. It was open for a craft sale so we visited and was nice to visit in part.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this castle on our anniversary weekend and we took the tour inside. The lady doing the tour did a fantastic job and she knew absolutely everything about the history of this castle ( and there is a lot to know ). The tour wasn't that long but what was shown was was amazing. A must seen for sure... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this castle has the best collection of antiques i have seen the property i s well looked after the grounds are lovely and the bagpipe er gives everybody a warm welcome

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The property is really great Upon arrival in to the entrance hall come armoury to start the tour Plenty of stunning rooms very well presented and plenty of informative information in each room Decorated with antlers and armoury throughout with vibrant colours and ending in the great hall nice grounds looking stunning in autumn colours

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best afternoon for a while. A great visit to the castle on a nice but cold day. The house is just amazing and is stuffed with superb furniture and antiques. The guides positioned here n there around the house don't half know their stuff too. I could have spent a week there. Just fabulous and is a must do if... More 

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