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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  • We visited en route to Inverness so this was our only visit in this area. The castle is very impressive and like many others had been developed over the years according to the whims of the incumbent a...  more »
  • Be sure to buy the Blair Castle booklet, they offer at the entrance. No photography is allowed inside and the book has wonderful photos, along with interesting history explaining about Blair Castle. L...  more »
  • Our visit to Blair Castle was fantastic - so much memorabilia, history - each room opened up a host of information wonderfully and painstakingly documented....fantastic day out - the only pity was tha...  more »
  • If you like history and long walks through the gardens and forest this is a good place cafe is good to staff always willing to help just ask.
  • If you like death, weapons and badly stuffed animals this is your gig. The saving grace for me is the grounds. It doesn’t help that I’m no fan of royalty and only visited to accommodate a long standing wish of my wife. You do get a good brief on this areas part in Scotlands history while touring the castle. But you also get masses of dead animals in the form of wall mounted Stag and Ram heads along with a stuffed Polar Bear that has seen better days. There is a Narwhal tusk which I enjoyed showing the kids. The castle interior is a glorification of death, killing and a monument to the Victorian Empire. The grounds however, are quite pleasant with a collection of huge trees such as Western Hemlock, Giant redwood and Britains largest Larch. The kids playground is situated among these and on a warm October day in the sun was quite dark and cold in this shade. There are a few lovely stone arched bridges over the tumbling burn thats waters are dark with tannin and the air is freah and clean. The walled Hercules garden was a mixed bag for me along with some fruiting trees, friendly ducks and interesting water feature there are again the poorly stuffed animals and a rather self pitying, vain bit of poetry referring to some curvaceous woman now past her youth. If you like military history, ornate furnishings and royalty this is for you. Me, I'm a tree hugger.
  • 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.
  • Should of had 5 stars but nocked 1 star off because of the food was not repeat not very hot had to eat it very quick before it got cold . The service was ok. Castle and grounds and gardens would highly recommend.