Blair Castle is nestled in the dramatic landscape of Highland Perthshire and has been home to 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl. 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 how a visit from Queen Victoria led to the creation of Europe's only surviving private army, the Atholl Highlanders.
More than 30 rooms are on display, full of Scottish cultural history, architectural design, period furnishings, family portraits, landscape paintings and a colourful military past. Highlights include the Victorian Ballroom which is decorated with 175 pairs of antlers, the Entrance Hall which features weapons used at the Battle of Culloden, the classic Georgian styling of the Picture Staircase and the granduer of the Drawing Room and State Dining Room.
New for 2018:
'Victoria at Blair Castle'
Exclusive exhibition running from 30th March until 10th June
A stunning celebration of Queen Victoria's love affair with Blair Castle and the Scottish Highlands.
On display are personal artefacts gifted from Queen Victoria to Duchess Anne who became a lifelong friend.
Also on display is a stunning collection of dresses and outfits worn during the filming of ITV's Victoria.
Entry to the exhibition is included in your Castle and Gardens ticket.
The castle grounds feature a magnificent 9 acre walled garden, recently restored to its original Georgian design, of fruit trees and vegetables, complete with Chinese bridge, gothic folly and a trail of contemporary and 18th century sculptures. A peaceful wooded grove with some of Britain's tallest and finest trees sits alongside the ruins of St Bride's Kirk, the final resting place of Jacobite leader, Bonnie Dundee. Around the grounds, visitors can spot local wildlife and enjoy picturesque views across Highland Perthshire while younger visitors can explore the adventure playground and Red Deer Park.
Other Quality Awards
Gold Green Tourism Award
Blair Castle and Gardens
Cairngorms National Park