Blair Castle has been award a Gold grading in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Our Environmental Policy is as follows:
Blair Castle is a Grade 1 listed building with a history extending over some 750 years. It is a five star visitor attraction which welcomes on average 140,000 visitors every year. The castle team recognises that with the age, scale and style of the building, coupled with the facilities needed to service the complex and its visitors, impact significantly on the environment. It aspires to minimise the impact to the maximum practical extent and at the same time to further develop ecologically sound practices on the surrounding estate.
We are very proud to be part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and since 2008 have been awarded the Gold Award.
The castle has launched a simple but realistic programme to minimise waste, safeguard the environment and raise awareness of green issues amongst all staff members and visitors. The main aims of our green tourism policy are as follows:
1. We are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling as much of our waste as possible. We currently recycle paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, cooking oil, printer cartridges, batteries and tins. We separate our food waste which has reduce our general waste even further.
2. We have added energy monitors to both our heating and electric power systems, which allows us to continue to monitor our usage and will allow us to compare results for future years.
3. In 2014, the completion of the third Atholl Estates hydro scheme was completed. This is a reinstatement of an original scheme on the Banvie Burn, which now feeds electricity straight to the castle. Since the scheme restarted the castle has saved 2,152,023 kg of CO2.
4. We are continuing to continue to replace halogen bulbs with energy efficient bulbs as they become available, although we need to ensure the replacement bulbs are suitable to the historic setting of the castle.
5. Continue to encourage interest in local wildlife and the countryside through an established network of waymarked trails, ranger led walks and activities, publications and other activities.
6. Continue the development of products which are in keeping with our environment, e.g. pony trekking, vintage tractor tours and landrover tours of the estate.
7. Continue to monitor and help maintain established wildlife areas, particularly for Red Squirrels, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Water Voles and Pearl Bordered Fritillaries.
8. Continuation of the recreation and restoration of historic gardens following original planting schemes from the castle archives.
9. Compliance with all relevant environmental legislation.
Environmental Visitor Charter
Help us to look after the environment whilst making sure you have a great visit with us.
We are constantly working to make Blair Castle and Atholl Estates more eco-friendly, but we need our help too. We can all reduce our impact on the environment by making choices. As a visitor you have a very important role to play in helping us to conserve our natural assets and become a more sustainable destination. Here are our recommended tips on how you can help, both at home and whilst on holiday:
Give the car a rest
Leave the car behind, if only for a day. Walk, cycle or use public transport. We have a train station in Blair Atholl and regular buses from Pitlochry, only 8 miles away. Details available from the Castle Reception or click here. To calculate your holiday carbon emissions and ideas of offsetting your unavoidable emissions, click here for the worldland trust.
Use local products wherever they are available. They give you a flavour of the area and help support local communities. We are fortunate to have some fantastic producers of food, drink and arts and crafts here in Highland Perthshire. Ask our Gift Shop staff about the local products we carry.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Try to avoid overly packaged goods and say no to the extra carrier bag. You can also support us in our efforts to recycle. Most of our office and restaurant waste is recycled so please ask the team about our recycling facilities.
Be Water Wise
The UK has rising costs for water treatment and flood defence so please use water wisely. Turn off the tap after washing your hands and please report any leaking taps or toilets to our staff. A lot of supplies are non-mains in Perthshire and surprisingly we do get water shortages each year when burns run low in this area and water conservation reduces the risk of empty tanks.
Help us look after the landscape and wildlife by taking your litter home and leaving no trace of your visit, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly. Ensure you follow the countryside Code. Our Rangers Service, who are based in the Blair Atholl Visitors Centre have lots of information and maps for enjoying our magnificent countryside whilst minimising impact on the environment. Visit Diana's Grove, the Deer Park, Hercules Garden and the Squirrel Walk whilst you are here at the castle to experience our landscape and wildlife first hand. For more information on the countryside access code, please click here.
Support Green Businesses
We are very proud to have achieved a gold standard Green Tourism Business Scheme Award. There are thousands of businesses in the UK working to reduce their carbon footprint through the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Businesses are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their efforts to be more sustainable. For more information on the Green Tourism Scheme, click here.
We hope you have a great visit with us.