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Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
+44 1796 481207
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Best of Scotland in a Day Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story here leads you from Mary Queen of Scot's visit to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to Queen Victoria's famous stay which led to the creation of Europe's only surviving private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Over 700 years of Scottish history are on display across 30 rooms. Highlights of the castle tour include the Baronial Entrance Hall, featuring weapons used at the Battle of Culloden; the classic Georgian styling of the Picture Staircase; the grandeur of the State Dining Room and Drawing Room; and the magnificent Ballroom, bedecked in hundreds of antlers. The Castle sits at the hub of a breathtaking historic landscape and the gardens and grounds feature a 9 acre walled garden, a peaceful wooded grove, a ruined kirk, a red deer park and a whimsical Gothic folly.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“walled garden” (47 reviews)
“entrance hall” (22 reviews)
“piper playing” (14 reviews)
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Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
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+44 1796 481207
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Im not into castles but the weapons room is remarquable displaying swords and hunting rifles in an artistic manner. There are lots of rooms.

Thank kanabadoush
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Blair Castle. Beautiful area. Interesting to walk through the elaborate rooms, tons of collections and family/regimental small items on display. The Hercules garden was a nice walk around, and it was a hoot watching the swan pluck and eat the...More

Thank springlering
Reviewed 1 week ago

Both The Castle and The Gardens are excellent - this must be one of the best visit experiences in Scotland - The Staff were knowledgeable and approachable - well laid out and signposted - of all the Castles I have visited this ranks as the...More

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Massive castle and grounds. It was a wonderful visit on a beautiful sunny day. Was disappointed that there were no photos allowed inside the castle other than in the great hall. Home to 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays. So much history. Also home to...More

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a return visit for me. On this occasion the time was spent mainly in the castle. With 30 rooms open to the public there is plenty to see, with a strong emphasis on the history of the family. I found it fascinating. It...More

Thank johndI1060CQ
BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your lovely review, we are very excited about Victoria!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not far north of Pitlochry, on the road out is Blair Atholl. Pay as you go in and probably worth getting a year one, as adds up to two visits, which would be easy to do. Seems expensive, but there is so much to see...More

Thank Jusboro
BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been to adjacent camp site many times but 1st visit inside castle and were not disappointed. Excellent staff welcome at main entrance, spectacular hallway with posted one way route through castle giving an insight into generations of duke of Atholl families and life in such...More

Thank mmccarro
BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a "castle" experience, this is not it, and there are other castles for that. If you are into a wee bit of Scottish History, and 30 rooms full of original furnishings from the 1700 and 1800s, then rock on. If...More

1  Thank cnewport15
BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it's my third time camping at Blair Castle Caravan Park and it's great to be a stones throw from this beautiful building and gardens..

Thank Shona P
BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An enjoyable venue, the castle is fascinating and the staff are readily available to answer questions and provide guidance. Sadly due to its age, it is not wheelchair friendly. A nice clean restaurant on site, serves a wide range of food, and the gift shop...More

Thank Brian S
BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review

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Paul B
25 July 2017|
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Response from BlairCastle | Property representative |
Morning, thanks everyone for you wonderful help! Yes you can purchase garden only tickets, castle tickets include access to the gardens as well. Hope you have a great trip to see us!
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Chris W
15 July 2017|
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Response from BlairCastle | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed on a lead in the gardens and grounds but only guide dogs are allowed in the castle. Hope you enjoy your visit!
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Chris W
15 July 2017|
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Response from rosemarypickup | Reviewed this property |
Dogs (except guide dogs) are not permitted inside the castle but welcome in the grounds when kept on leads
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