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 visit to Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Blair Atholl trip planning tool .
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  • Visited with a Shearings Coach tour. This is a great castle to visit - steeped in history. The visit to the castle takes around ninety minutes and there is plenty to see. There are explanation boards ...  more »
  • Visited Blair Castle with Lochs and Glens coach holidays. Beautiful place in a lovely setting, lots of interesting rooms to see and the grounds are amazing would highly recommend this castle for a tri...  more »
  • We stopped here on our way to Newtonmore. The grounds were beautiful. It had just stopped raining. We did the house tour and it was so interesting learning the family history and seeing all the antiqu...  more »
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  • Well worth visiting. Fascinating castle and beautiful gardens. Loved the trees in Diana’s Grove and make time to listen to the Piper!
  • I am big admirer of history and historical sites but cost of visit does not justify it. It is more of family estate than defensive castle. Inside of buildings filled stuffed animals is more horrifying than attractive. Tower is building is beautiful from outside. There are also red deer farm as advertised but it is more 10 deers cages in ground and they don't look really well. I like ponies there though, they are beautiful. Garden of castle is fairly okay but nothing like royal gardens. So to sum up, it is a too expensive for a price.
  • Very nice tourist attraction. Lots of historical info about private army and has a good cafe
  • Fantastic Castle, so much to explore : History, Culture, Gardens and Forest around. Best place to make brake from driving if you heading towards Inverness.
  • It has the best days behind. We still had a lovely time there
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