Blair Castle

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Blair Castle

 

Blair Castle’s story is in close connection to that of the Dukes of Atholl. The tale will take you from the reign Mary Queen of Scots and the skirmish of the English Civil War. It will also take you from the Jacobite revolt of Lord George Murray down to the Culloden disaster, to the Isle of Man, down to the love affair of Queen Victoria with the Highlands of Scotland and her subsequent bestowing of Colours to the family of the Atholl Highlanders.

There are many things for visitors to do and enjoy at Blair Castle that many of them come back repeatedly, discovering new things with each visit.

Diana’s Grove boasts of a fine collection of tall trees, just within the grounds of the Castle. This grove was first planned in 1737. In the mid-18th century, the Hercules Garden was designed to help form a walled garden of approximately nine acres. This garden was restored recently. Just beyond Diana’s Grove are the St. Bride’s Kirk historic ruins on elevated ground.

Upon entering the hall, visitors are greeted by an impressive display of armours and arms. Also in the collection is an extensive display of furniture, pictures, embroidery, porcelain, family memorabilia, and Masonic regalia.

The last private army in Europe has its offices in the Atholl Highlander Room inside the Castle. Called the Atholl Highlanders, this private army has a full inspection parade each May under the leadership of the Duke of Atholl, their Colonel-in-chief.