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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  • This castle has a grand history and it is a good idea to buy the guide book so you can read about the history of the castle before you look around. There are guides in many of the rooms who will answe...  read more »
  • We could not visit the inside of all the castles because the budget would be too high. So we paid for the visit to the Park. The walk around the castle was really interesting, we even admired a Scottish wedding in the Castle, with the arrival of the guests to the sound of bagpipes and any men in kilts
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  • Very nice Castle, entirely in white. Many beautiful rooms with many weapons. The only castle with a private army. Very well maintained. In the garden there is a church ruin with dig around in typical Scottish style. in the meadows of that great Scottish Bulls with lush head of hair (I know not the name) and the "garden" is a gem for walking with water, bridges, fruit trees and images. Very beautiful. There is also a lawn with deer but that we have not visited. Pull out enough time for this, approx. 4 hours.
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  • 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.
  • Wow what a brilliant wedding day we all had here. Beautiful historic features. Food was excellent and the service was also excellent. Would highly recommend visiting this Scottish Castle.
  • Great place interesting family history and lots of facts restaurant was a bit of a letdown as our food was cold and had to be reheated and no rice for the curry lol staff were polite and very helpful
  • One of the best Scottish castles! Fantastic architecture, stunning interiors. If you've time, spend some in the gardens and grounds too (if the weather's nice!). Great day out.
  • Blair castle...well I've been going here since i was a kid on family holidays and still go back now, Blair Castle is a beautiful place with long and short country walks surrounding it and lovely gardens. For the ultimate experience hang around for the Piper on the battlements and take a tour of this historic house. Boasting one of Europes only private army's you can observe the young and old volunteers strut their stuff on selected days. The house has a range of animals surrounding it from chickens, deer and ducks and the Peacocks that don't seem to have aged a day as i remember them from over a decade ago. overall its worth a visit without a doubt definitely better than Glamis Castle and for an even better experience stay at the Blair castle caravan park situated right next door and do some fishing along the river and finish with a lovely meal at the Atholl Arms around the fire.
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