Blair Castle & Gardens

Castles

Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL

    Disocver Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders

    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 2014: WWI exhibition

    To commemorate the centenary of WWI and Scotland's Year of Honecoming, an exciting new exhibition demonstrating the involvement of the Duke of Atholl and his family in the war has been added to the castle tour. 

    Discover how the Duke's 3 sons were sent off to battle, how his daughters helped with the war effort and how the ballroom was transformed into a Red Cross Hospital. The exhibition includes letters, photos and documents belonging to the Duke's sons; a section on the ballroom as a hospital; and information about the fundraising effort for the National War Memorial. 

     The Gardens

    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 Brides 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.

    Gradings
    5 Castle
    Awards
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2014 - 31 Oct 2014

    Ticket Information
    Ticket Type
    Ticket Tariff
    Adult £9.90 per ticket
    Child £5.95 per ticket
    Family (2 Adults, 3 Children) £26.75 per ticket
    Seniors and Students £8.40 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Catering

    • Restaurant

    Domestic

    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • JCB Card
    • American Express Card
    • Switch Card
    • Solo Card
    • Delta Card
    • Cash
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card

    Transport

    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Parking
    • Disabled Parking

    Children

    • Children's Menu Available
    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Children Welcome

    Facilities

    • ASVA Member
    • Disabled Access
    • Picnic Area

    Location

    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Children Welcome

    Wedding Services

    • Wedding Packages Available
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Reception Facilities
    • Accommodation Available
    • Civil Ceremony

    Road Directions

    From Glasgow:Take the A80/M80 north to Stirling, remembering to bypass the city and then follow the signs for Perth, and then Inverness which will take you on to the A9 North. Travel north on the A9 for approximately 35 miles until you see signs for Blair Atholl and the Castle.

    From Edinburgh:Take the M90 to Perth, and then follow the signs for Inverness (A9 North) and proceed as directions from Glasgow (above).

    From Inverness:Take the A9 South to Blair Atholl. The castle and its entrance are very well signposted from the A9 and within the village.

    From Aberdeen:Take the A93 road via Ballater, Braemar and Glenshee to the A924 turn-off at Bridge of Cally for Kirkmichael, then head west to Pitlochry. Look out at Pitlochry for the signs north to Blair Atholl (7 miles). 

    Public Transport Directions

    Connecting train services from major cities and Caledonian Sleeper from London arrive to Blair Atholl Station.

     

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

    Journey Planner

    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements
    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • restaurant

    Parking

    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Transport is provided to take visitors from the car park to the attraction
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 10
    • There is a ramp to the main entrance

    General

    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Where there are films or information touch screens, they have visual / audible subtitles [e.g. to describe icons and images]
    • Wheelchairs provided
      • These are freely available
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • There is an audible alarm system

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

    The Atholl Highlanders Parade
    • Treasure Ticket This is a joint admission ticket to visit Blair Castle, Glamis Castle and Scone Palace. This ticket allows one visit to each attraction. Adults £26 Seniors £24 Children £16 Family (2 Adults, 3 Children) £65 Tickets can be purchased from Blair Castle, Glamis Castle or Scone Palace.

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