You’ll find Blair Castle in the traditional Scottish village of Blair Atholl at the entrance to the Cairngorms National Park. Surrounded by hills and peaceful countryside, the castle has some of Scotland’s finest views. The castle has been transformed through the ages, from its cold medieval beginnings to become a fine Georgian mansion and finally a Victorian castle in the Baronial style. All of these influences can be seen today on a castle tour.
Blair Castle is at the heart of Atholl Estates, a 145,000 acre working estate of farmland, forestry, rivers, lochs and hills. Full of natural beauty and some of the best views across Highland Perthshire, the estate is popular with walkers and sporting guests. For the unique Highland experience, explore the estate on the back of a Highland Pony, spot native wildlife on a Land Rover Safari, discover hidden parts of the grounds of Blair Castle on a Vintage Tractor tour or set off on your own adventure with over 40 miles of waymarked trails to enjoy.
Discover Blair Castle, nestling in the dramatic landscape of Highland Perthshire, and be taken on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Nineteen generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl and the people who have lived and worked alongside them, have created a rich tapestry of stories, interwoven with tales from Scotland’s own turbulent past. They have all left their mark on Blair Castle, its collections and historic grounds. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden following Bonnie Prince Charlie’s own stay in the castle. You’ll hear how the lucky inheritance of a smuggler-infested island helped turn the castle into a comfortable home, and learn how a stay by Queen Victoria led to the creation of Europe’s only surviving private army.