Blair Castle

BLAIR CASTLE

HX Suggested Reasons to Visit

700yrs of Scottish history
Hercules and Diana's Grove gardens
Atholl Highlanders

A testament to 700 years of Scottish history, housing Scotland's last private army and boasting the exquisite Hercules and Diana's Grove gardens.

About

Blair Atholl Castle, nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, has a storied history that traces back to the 13th century. The original structure, a medieval tower house, was built by the powerful Clan Murray. Over the centuries, the castle has witnessed numerous expansions and renovations, each adding to its grandeur and charm.

In the 16th century, John Murray, the 1st Earl of Atholl, commissioned significant enhancements, transforming the fortress into a grand residence. By the 18th century, under the 2nd Duke of Atholl, the castle had evolved into a magnificent seat of power and culture. It was during this period that the extensive gardens were laid out, showcasing the family’s wealth and taste.

Blair Atholl Castle played a pivotal role during the Jacobite risings, serving as a strategic stronghold. The castle and estate remained in the Murray family until 1946, when the 10th Duke of Atholl handed over ownership to a trust, ensuring its preservation for future generations. Today, the castle is a living museum, reflecting the rich tapestry of Scottish history and the enduring legacy of the Murray family.

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    Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5TL

    What3Words: ///summit.playful.canoe - What3Words provides a precise location, directing you to the main entrance of the castle where you can follow signs to the parking area.

    By Public Transport:

    The nearest train station is Blair Atholl, approximately 1 mile away, and about a 5-minute drive. From there, you can take a taxi to Blair Castle. The station has regular services from major cities, including Edinburgh and Glasgow.

    By Car:

    Follow the What3Words location for directions to the main entrance. Once there, parking will be clearly signposted. The ticket office and visitor center are just beyond the car park.

    Opening Hours

    The 2024 season is from 28th March, and will conclude on October 26th, 2024.

    Opening hours:

    Mon – Sun: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (Last entry at 4.00pm)

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