The Central Highlands Sights

Blair Castle

  • Off B8079 Map It
  • Blair Atholl
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Its setting among woodlands and gardens, together with its war-torn past, make Blair Castle one of Scotland's most highly rated sights. The turreted white castle was home to successive dukes of Atholl and their families, the Murrays, one of the most powerful in the land. During the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 the loyalties of the Atholls were divided—a preserved piece of floor shows the marks of red-hot shot fired when the castle was under siege. In the end the supporters of the English king held off the rebels and were well rewarded for it. The dukes were allowed to retain a private army, the Atholl Highlanders. The castle entrance hall presents some of the dukes' collections of weapons, while a rich collection of furniture, china, and paintings occupies the family rooms. The grounds contain a 9-acre walled garden, an 18th-century folly, and a play area for children.

Sight Information


Off B8079, Blair Atholl, Perth and Kinross, PH18 5TL, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • Castle and gardens: Apr.–Oct., £10.50, grounds only: Apr.–Oct., £5.80; Nov.–Mar., free

Published 05/04/2017


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