Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, Blair Atholl

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Included as part of Cairngorms National Park at the request of the people of the town, the castle and gardens rest at the confluence of the Tilt and Garry Rivers among the Grampian Mountains. The beauty of the area, and its location on the rivers, attracted wealthy landowners over the past few centuries. Consequently, the area is dotted with estates, including Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, one of Scotland's most notable stately homes. This castle is home to the Duke of Atholl, the only duke in the UK who is allowed to raise his own army. The army, known as the Atholl Highlanders, conducts social and ceremonial events on the castle grounds. Visit over 30 perfectly preserved rooms and the restored gardens for one ticket fee. An on-site restaurant will help you keep your strength up during the epic tour. Plan your Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens visit and explore what else you can see and do in Blair Atholl using our Blair Atholl itinerary planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    I didn't visit the castle. If you really like gardens, the place is worth visiting, you'll feel at peace wandering around in there. However, if you're not crazy about gardens, don't bother because the...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    The gardens are great and very interesting. From there we walked through the woods pat the kirk to the Castle. Did the castle tour which was worth the money.  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    A most impressive venue and at £11 combined ticket for grounds and house is quite good value, considering you could spend quite a bit of your day enjoying the quite astounding exhits in this truely ma...  more »
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  • Expected to just popped and spend hours talking around and exploring the castle. Simply fantastic!
  • Fantastic castle and extensive grounds, with something for the whole family to see and do. From the historic accounts of its past and rooms with so many antiquities to see and the formal gardens as well as woodland walks you can easily spend a whole day here. Children can take part in a detectives challenge as well as doing colouring and dressing up in the hall, there is also an adventure playground in the grouds.
  • Beautiful castle and gardens. Worth a visit even if you don't go inside.
  • Amazing place, the grounds in particular were amazing. Saw my first red squirrel here and the giant Sequoya is an amazing sight to see.
  • Saw a brochure for Blair Castle in our B&B and was initially apprehensive based on what appeared to be a very commercial enterprise (safaris, paid tours, etc.) but the reality was far different and well worth the stop. The castle is beautifully maintained, fascinating to walk through (self-guided, but guided tours are available also), and incredibly informative. Walled garden is pretty but the house is really the star here. If you're in the Pitlochry area, don't miss it.

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