Blair Castle

Blair Castle
Blair Castle
Blair Castle

Blair Castle is at the heart of historic landscape which was laid out in the 18th century and features a nine acre walled garden, an extensive wooded grove, a ruined kirk, a red deer park and a gothic folly. Highland cattle graze in fields nearby and the native red squirrel can often be spotted amongst the branches of some of garden's trees. Peacocks roam freely, a popular photo opportunity for visitors.

Hercules Garden is a nine acre walled garden has been restored to its original Georgian design. Named after the life-sized statue of Hercules which overlooks the garden, it incorporates landscaped ponds, a folly, a Chinese bridge and an authentic orchard of more than 100 fruit trees. The glory of this garden in summer are the herbaceous borders which run along the 275m south-facing wall.

Diana's Grove, a tranquil wooded area adjacent to the castle offers an opportunity to enjoy some of the country's finest and tallest trees in a space of just two acres.

The Banvie Burn runs through Diana's Grove and is crossed by two handsome 18th century bridges which give access to the ruins of St Bride's Kirk with its ancient origins in Celtic times. After the nearby Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689, the Kirk became the resting place for the remains of Viscount Dundee, (John Graham of Claverhouse, known as Bonnie Dundee).

Fact File

Opening Times: 1st April - 30th October 2020 (excluding Saturday 24th October)
Admission Rates: Adults £7.70, Senior Citizens (65+) £7.70, Students with ID cards: £7.70, Children (5- 16 years): £3.50 & Family ticket (includes two adults and three children): £19.00
Group Rates: Minimum group size: 12 Adults £6.50, Senior Citizens £6.50, Students £6.50 & Children (5-16years) £4.00
Facilities: Historic Blair Castle, Gift Shop and Restaurant. We also have a range other activities on the estate including off-road Land Rover Safaris.
Disabled Access: Limited. Toilet and parking for disabled on site. 1 Wheelchair on loan.
Tours/Events: Guided Tours are conducted at an extra charge and subject to availability. Please telephone or check our website for more information before you visit. The Castle is a self-guided tour and you can upgrade your ticket on the day.
Coach Parking: Yes (no charge)
Length of Visit: 2 - 4 hours
To book Tel: 01796 481207
Location: Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, PH18 5T

Updated: December 2019