The Black Watch Castle and Museum

The Black Watch Castle and Museum
Balhousie Castle
Hay Street
Perth & Kinross




01738 638 152

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Balhousie Castle
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The Black Watch Museum is housed in historic Balhousie Castle set in its own grounds beside the North Inch in Perth. The Museum is well signed on all approach routes into the city and parking is available. It is within easy walking distance of the centre.

The Museum is laid out chronologically and thematically in 10 rooms within the Castle. These display an amazing variety of artefacts illustrating the history of the Regiment as well as a fine collection of pictures. This unique and special collection consists of two and a half centuries of treasures of Scotland’s oldest Highland Regiment. Uniforms, fine paintings, medals, photographs, weapons and military equipment bring to life the proud military heritage of this family Regiment.

The building is fully accessibly and recently underwent a major redevelopment. The Muesum is now home to state of the art displays and the Castle has been extended to house a beautiful new cafe and shop.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm

Admission charges

An admission charge applies - see website for details


  • Museums Association

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Hellfire Corner by Robin Leishman

Artist in the Archive

  • 3 May — 3 October 2014 *on now

Artist in the Archive aims to make the First World War archive collections at the Museum accessible to a wide audience through this creative and innovative project. Glasgow-based artist Robin Leishman has worked with archivist Richard McKenzie and Learning and Audiences Officer Rebecca Berger to help bring First World War stories from the archive to life through a series of artworks that highlight the collections and encourage the public to engage with primary historical sources in a new way. The resulting artworks are on display in a temporary exhibition alongside the documentary material that inspired them.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included in regular Museum admission; see website for full details.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Artist Robin Leishman at work on 'Hellfire Corner'

Art Workshops for Adults

  • 13 September 2014

For the next few months artist Robin Leishman will be leading a series of workshops, providing First World War archival material from the collection of The Black Watch Museum for inspiration as well as instruction in various mediums.

Each session will begin with an hour or two of tuition in the week’s art form. This will be followed by a brief chat about Robin’s own experience using the Black Watch archive as inspiration. For the greater part of each session, everyone will work on their own piece.

These workshops are an excellent opportunity, not only to work with a professional artist but to engage with and respond to the First World War on a personal level. Sessions may be attended individually or as a series. All materials will be provided. Must be booked in advance.

Workshop fee:
£25 for one
£100 for all five
All materials included

Workshop dates and themes:

19th July 10:30-4:00
Theme: Life in the trenches, Part 1
Medium: Line-drawing (introduction)

2nd August 10:30-4:00
Theme: Behind the line
Medium: Line-drawing (extension)

16th August 10:30-4:00
Theme: Life at home
Medium: Paint (introduction)

30th August 10:30-4:00
Theme: Fighting on the Front
Medium: Paint (extension)

13th September 10:30-4:00
Theme: Life in the trenches, Part 2
Group Piece

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age


£25 for one class, £100 for all five


Royal Engineers

Scotland and The Great War

  • 7 October 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Professor Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College, University of Oxford will visit the Castle and Museum to talk about Scotland and the Great War – what does the centenary mean for us?

Suitable for

  • Any age


Ticket price will include drinks and canapés. Ticket price to be confirmed. Tickets must be booked in advance.


The Muddy Choir

The Muddy Choir at Black Watch Castle

  • 8 November 2014 6:30-7:30pm

It's November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody conclusion. Young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland home. When the trio’s singing causes a disturbance up the line they face unwelcome attention from their commanding officers.

Commissioned and produced by Theatre Centre, the play has been written by Jesse Briton to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Please contact the Black Watch Castle and Museum:


Black Watch Monument at Nonne Boschen.

Nonne Boschen: “A damn close-run thing”

  • 11 November 2014 7-8pm

Tam McClusky will give this lecture on The Black Watch in the action at Nonne Boschen on 11 November 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Included in Museum admission: £7.50 adults, £6 concessions, free for Friends