Blair Castle

Historic House
Disabled Access
Parking Available
Guided Tours
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Overview

Blair Castle has been home to the Atholl family for over 750 years, witnessing both turbulent and peaceful times. Now open as a visitors attraction, the family history is brought to life against a backdrop of fine 18th century interiors and Scots Baronial architecture, in 30 rooms. There are also extensive gardens, a restaurant and gift shop on-site.

Where is Blair Castle located?

Blair Castle & Gardens is situated in Highland Perthshire, within the small village of Blair Atholl. Just off the A9, it is approximately 1.5 hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

What is the history of Blair Castle to the present day?

Spanning the Medieval, Georgian, Victorian eras through to present day, Blair Castle encapsulates remarkable periods in Scotland’s history. The story will take you from Mary, Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and from the Act of Union to the Jacobite cause and the battle of Culloden, and from the Isle of Man to Queen Victoria’s love affair with the Scottish Highlands and her presentation of colours to the Atholl Highlanders.

What is there to see and do at Blair Castle?

There is lots to see and do at Blair Castle from taking the audio tour around the 30 rooms, wandering the extensive gardens or feeding the red deer in the deer park. Throughout the season, there are also a range of events on offer, from Easter fun and seasonal foraging to outdoor activities with the ranger. 

Other Information

Blair Castle's annual exhibtion is Castle Couture: 1740 - 1844

A carefully curated exhibition of historical clothing in exquisite condition, dating back to the 18th and 19thcenturies, from the Jacobite’s through to the Victorian era, with some court dresses over 250 years old. The award-winning exhibition features 18 outfits directly from the castle archives, including ballgowns, dresses, jackets and children’s outfits. The exhibition is returning for the 2023 season, showcasing rare and unseen accessories from the castle archive, including hats & fans.

Facilities & information

Summary

15th century buildings

16th century buildings

17th century buildings

18th century buildings

19th century buildings

No smoking

Art and sculpture

Guided tours

Gift shop

Information provided

Gardens

Children's play area

Woodland walks

Audio guide

Free car parking (on site)

Facilities

Electric Vehicle Charging

Catering

Coaches

Disabled Access

Guided Tours

Parking Available

Shop

Food

Restaurant

Tea Room

Picnic area

Extra info

Closed Times: 28th October - 31st March
Open Times: 1st April - 27th October
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Arrival information & directions

Address: Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PitlochryPH18 5TH, United Kingdom

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