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Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
+44 1796 481207
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Blair Castle House and Gardens Admission
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Blair Castle House and Gardens Admission
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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” (52 reviews)
“private army” (23 reviews)
“entrance hall” (24 reviews)
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Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
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+44 1796 481207
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"walled garden"
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"private army"
in 23 reviews
"entrance hall"
in 24 reviews
"piper playing"
in 17 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 43 reviews
"deer park"
in 37 reviews
"lone piper"
in 13 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 74 reviews
"highland games"
in 14 reviews
"no photography"
in 14 reviews
"take pictures"
in 20 reviews
"family history"
in 16 reviews
"on display"
in 33 reviews
"interesting history"
in 22 reviews
"lovely grounds"
in 19 reviews
"answer questions"
in 12 reviews
"own pace"
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Reviewed today

The piper playing at the door was a good idea. Many glass case collections etc Self guided with helpful staff. On a fine day it was a pleasant walk from the car park. Be warned the cafe food and lay out was very poor.

Thank f2s
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The kids and I had a brilliant day out here. Spent a good while exploring the castle. Then more time exploring the varied gardens and grounds. They are still talking about the visit three weeks later!

Thank J_Leics
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this expansive castle...it reminded us of Sir Lancelot's castle as depicted in the 1967 "Camelot" movie. So many historical/family objets d'art in all the rooms...wish we could have taken pics in all the rooms, but no, only the outside and in the...More

Thank amfh
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled by bus from Pitlochry ,where we were staying to Blair Atholl village and walked to the castle. There is quite a long drive so if you wanted to avoid the walk up it is best to take the number 87 Elizabeth Yule bus...More

Thank catherine w
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw the deer in the park close up, walked through the small forest right next to the deer park and were impressed with the high trees there. The Hercules garden is a nice stroll around, however one has to stay on the path. Beautiful flowers...More

Thank BavarianAdventuress
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Blair Castle with friends and we were all very impressed . The castle is beautiful and is definitely worth a visit. The walled garden is lovely aswell. Also the café is worth a visit too.

Thank lindypop2003
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is beautiful from the outside. The walled garden is also very pretty. The interior is the issue. I don't see the appeal of decorating with dead animal heads and skills, and they have many. The tour is, self guided and the room descriptions...More

Thank Anna911
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been a few times to Blair Castle but not for years. The grounds seem better laid out and the reception area is new and very modern but the you must walk round to the main door to enter which in itself is a...More

Thank Kirkcaldylad
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in the area so decided to visit Blair Castle, easy to find, from Pitlochry head to Blair Atholl, castle on the right as you enter Blair Atholl, we parked up and headed to the castle, an introductory talk as you enter the castle...More

Thank Redshadow36
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to find by train and by car. Beautiful setting. Stunning Castle. Walked around the gardens which were well maintained, then onto the woodland walk. Dogs welcome but not in the castle. Travelled last week of May which co-incided with the Highland Games. Great day...More

Thank michellereyn0lds
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NeedMoreDough
May 27, 2018|
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Response from specky4eyes | Reviewed this property |
Haven't been to breamar but blair castle was really good the gardens are really lovely too.
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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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