Blair Castle is a 5 star visitor attraction, one of Scotland's oldest castles, dating back to 1269. It is also home to Europe's only legal private army, the Atholl Highlanders (the remnants of the old clan system when every clan had its own army). The Atholl Highlanders can be seen on the last weekend of May each year as they parade past their Duke. One of the first private homes to open to the public in Scotland (1936), the tours give you access to some 30 rooms and the fascinating collections built up over centuries.
Blair Castle Grounds are fascinating to see and explore, you will also have access to special Attic Tours, Tractor Tours, and Land Rover Safaris that take you over the Castles estates (Atholl Estates).
- The beautifully restored 9 acre walled 'Hercules Garden'has been restored back to its original Georgian design with over 100 fruit trees, landscape ponds, folly and Chinese Bridge, it is one of most tranquil spots you will ever experience.
- Diana's Grove named after the Greek goddess of hunting, is set in two acres, it has some fabulous specimen trees (labelled with small information plaques), including the 2nd highest tree in Britain.
- The grounds also have peacocks and peahens, Highland Cows, and a Deer Park where you can see the resident herd of red deer.
Blair Castle Yearly Events include:-
- The Atholl Highlanders Parade last Saturday Bank Holiday weekend in May each year.
- The Atholl Gathering last Sunday Bank Holiday weekend in May each year
- The Blair Castle International Horse Trials at the end of August each year.
Blair Castle and grounds Opening hours:-
- Open from Easter weekend to the end of October each year, 7 days a week from 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm).
- Blair Castle Grounds and Hercules Gardens are open all year.