When the Atholl family first made their home in the Strath of Garry, more than seven centuries ago, it was a wild and dangerous place. It was also a strategic one. Whoever held Blair Atholl was gatekeeper to the Grampian mountains and the route north to Inverness. The Castle has been a magnet to visitors for generations. One or two have been turned away with a bucket of boiling oil or a volley of musket fire. Most have been warmly welcomed. Blair was one of the first private houses in Scotland to be opened to the public. Today, it welcomes more visitors than any other.
Museum, Historic house or home, Castle or defences
Summer Opening: 1 April - 29 October 2004 - 0930 - 1630 last admission, 7 days per week.
Winter Opening: November - end March: opening hours are usually every Tuesday, 9.30 - 12.30 and on other days for pre-booking.
For further details please check with admin on 01796 481207.
Disabled visitors can enjoy 12 rooms on the ground floor, all of which are accessible by wheelchair. Disabled visitors may be brought to the entrance to the Castle.
The Atholl Gathering
- 23 — 24 May 2015
The Atholl Gathering takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May every year. This unrivalled spectacle gives locals and visitors alike the chance to participate in a unique Highland tradition that has persisted for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders' Parade on Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday.
- Family friendly
Gardens Admission fee applies
FEI European Eventing Championships 2015
- 10 — 13 September 2015
The European Championships are considered as the most prestigious and closely contested of all continental Championships in the sport of Eventing. The Championships at Blair Castle will benefit from the added excitement of being the final opportunity for European Nations to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with 80 competitors from 16 nations taking part over four days of competition, in front of a crowd in excess of 60,000.