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An extensive castle tour takes in some 30 rooms crammed full of treasures and alive with the characters and personalities of their former occupants. Features of particular interest include an impressive ballroom bedecked with 175 pairs of antlers, the superb China Room (a display of more than 1700 individual pieces including Coalport and blue Dresden) and an ornamental armoury which includes targes and muskets used at the Battle of Culloden. Summer visitors can also enjoy the traditional sound of the Scottish bagpipes played by our piper three times daily during the summer months.

Blair Castle is at the hub of a breath-taking historic landscape most of which was laid out in the 18th century and features a magnificent 9 acre walled garden recently restored to its original Georgian design, a peaceful wooded grove, a ruined Celtic kirk, a red deer park and a whimsical gothic folly. Colourful peacocks roam the grounds, Highland cattle graze in fields nearby and the native red squirrel can often be spotted in the branches of the trees. Children will also enjoy the castle's woodland adventure playground.

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Perth and Kinross, Perthshire, Tayside, Scotland, Great Britain, UK, Europe
River Tummel Fishing, Blair Castle Trekking Centre, Atholl Estates


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Blair Castle Trekking Centre

The Blair Castle Trekking Centre is set in the grounds of the Castle itself, adjacent to the Deer Park. The Centre has been running since the 1950’s, when the 10th Duke of Atholl decided to find summer employment for the ponies used to carry stags and grouse off the hill during the sporting season.
The Centre is approved by the Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland (TRSS), and all the staff are qualified, friendly and familiar with Atholl Estates.
The ponies used on Atholl are traditional Highland Ponies, Scotland’s largest native pony breed. Their main job on the estate for the past 250 years has been to carry the culled deer off the surrounding hills during the stalking season. To do this they must have an exceptionally quiet and docile nature, or, to use a horsey term, be ‘bomb proof’. They also have exceptional surefootedness and good balance.
These qualities make our ponies fantastic for trekking ponies, ideal for the nervous beginner or older rider, but fun enough for the experienced rider too. Here at Blair Castle, our emphasis is on safety and scenery!

Opening Times:

The trekking centre is open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) from 1st April 2009, and Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays) from 1st July to mid September.

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Fishing at Tummel, Garry, Tilt and Hill locks. The beat is usually let by the week during April, May, June, September and October however day lets can be available during some good fishing conditions in June and September. The water is let to the Pitlochry Angling Club for the summer and day tickets are available from their outlets during July and August.

1 Rod River Tummel1 Rod River Garry1 Rod River Tilt


How to get here


Blair Castle is just off the main A9 road at Blair Atholl in Highland Perthshire between Perth and Inverness. It is some 35 miles (56km) north of Perth. Travelling by road, take the turn signposted to Blair Atholl some 7 miles north of Pitlochry. The main gates to the Castle are a prominent feature in the centre of the village.

From Inverness
Take the A9 all the way south to Blair Atholl. The main gates to the Castle are a prominent feature in the centre of the village.

From Glasgow
Take the A/M80 north to Stirling, remembering to bypass the city and follow the signs for Perth then Inverness which will take you on to the A9 north. Take the turn signposted to Blair Atholl some 7 miles north of Pitlochry. The main gates to the Castle are a prominent feature in the centre of the village.

From Edinburgh
Take the M90 to Perth outskirts where you will follow the signs for and join the A9 north to Inverness. Bypass Pitlochry and proceed as above.

From Aberdeen
The more scenic route is 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 for the A9 north to Blair Atholl (7 miles) The quickest route from Aberdeen is to come south on the A90 via Forfar, then Coupar Angus and Dunkeld.

From Dundee
Take the A90 to the outskirts of Perth then proceed as for Edinburgh above


Disembark at Blair Atholl Station. Turn right on the road which runs through the village and the castle gates will soon be seen on the other side. Follow the main drive to the Castle up the Lime Avenue, just over half a mile (1,000 metres) from the station.


Opening times (1 April - 30 October) :
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Opening times (31 October - 31 March):
--9:30 AM - 2:30 PM---9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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Address: The Administration Office, Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL, UK
Phone: +44 1796 481207

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