Blair Castle and gardens

Blair Castle and gardens

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Blair Castle and Gardens

castle.jpgWith its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Its history extends over some 740 years, like many Scottish castles, Blair Castle has a long and illustrious history, today attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. chinese-bridge.jpgBlair Castle is one of the most accessible Scottish castles, family friendly and with plenty to see and do.

Blair Castle is the home of the Atholl Highlanders - Europe's only private army, harking back to the days when every Highland Chief had his own army (made up of his tenents and locals) to defend their clan territory from the other clans.

See the Atholl Highlanders on 'You Tube'

Blair Castle Gardens and Grounds, most of which was laid out in the 18th century and features a magnificent walled garden, a peaceful wooded grove, a ruined 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 amongst the branches. Children will also enjoy the castle's woodland adventure hercules-garden6.jpgplayground.

Hercules Garden originated when the second Duke transformed the medieval Blair Castle into a grand Georgian mansion. Hercules Garden is today a stunning 9 acre walled garden recently restored to its original Georgian design. It is named after the life-sized statue of Hercules which overlooks the garden.

diana.jpgDiana's Grove, a tranquil wooded area adjacent to the castle affords a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the county's finest and tallest trees in a space of just two acres. It is also the home of a Grand Fir, the UK's second tallest tree at 62.70 metres.

The woodland adventure playground at Blair Castle is just within Diana's Grove and offers children a marvellous opportunity for fun both on the equipment and within the wooded setting.

tractor-ride.jpgBlair Castle's Grounds has the Banvie Burn running through the Grove and is crossed by two attractive 18th century bridges which give access to the ruins of St Bride's Kirk which has its ancient origins in Celtic times. After the nearby Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689, the Kirk became the resting place for the remains of Viscount Dundee, (John Graham of Claverhouse, known as Bonnie Dundee).

Gardens Sculpture Trail, visitors can now enjoy following the new Sculpture Trail through the castle gardens and grounds.

Blair Castle's unique heritage makes it an unforgettable venue for all kinds of functions, from corporate events and team-building activities to weddings and other family celebrations.

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