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As the first private home in Scotland to open to the public in 1936, we have a wealth of experience welcoming individuals and larger groups through our doors. Whether the group would prefer to explore the castle at their own pace, receive an introduction on arrival or take a fully guided tour, we have a range of options available to suit most requirement as follows:
Guided tours can be requested (excluding July and August) at no extra cost for any groups of 12 or more. Tours are subject to availability on the day of the visit and cannot be guaranteed. Advance booking, particularly when guides are requested, is strongly recommended. Tours take approximately 50 minutes. Tours of the castle are self-guided, with information in every room and guides on each floor to answer any questions you may have.
|Group Rates Per Person||House and Gardens||Gardens Only|
|Students (with ID cards)||£8.50||£5.00|
|Children (5-16 years)||£6.00||£3.00|
|Primary School Parties||£3.00||£3.00|
The castle closes at the end of October until April, however we are happy to open the castle to groups in this period. Any visits during this time must be booked in advance. Please contact our bookings office on 01796 481207 or email [email protected]
For any visitors who have special interests or wish to learn about a specific discipline, our Specialist Tours are available for groups under 25 people. Below are some suggestions of tours, however, our Castle Archivist is happy to research other topics relevant to the castle for your group:
Blair Castle was the last castle in Britain to be besieged as the Jacobite troops retreated to Culloden in 1746, under the command of the 2nd Duke’s brother Lord George Murray. The castle houses many treasures relating to these turbulent times.
Hear how Queen Victoria was guarded by Atholl men during her stay at Blair Castle, and how this led to the creation of Europe’s only private army – the Atholl Highlanders. View the historic record books and photographs that show the regiment and their activities from inception to the present day.
Lady Evelyn’s lace collection
Created by the daughter of the 7th Duke during her stay on mainland Europe, the collection includes items of exceptional quality lace both worked on and collected by Lady Evelyn. Learn more about her childhood at Blair Castle, as well as her talent for needlework and view collections not on general display.
The Hercules Garden was created by the 2nd Duke and his gardener John Wilson between 1744-1760. Enjoy a tour of the gardens, learning about its history and statuary with our archivist.
Lists of servants’ names survive from various periods in the castle’s history. After hearing the background to the duke’s family life within the castle, go behind the scenes, visiting the attic to examine the rooms and artefacts that would have been part of their everyday life.
£25.00 per person including VAT, (with a minimum charge of £250).
The price includes:
Please note any catering requirements would be an additional cost.
The castle’s guide book is £4.95 and can also be added to the cost.
As well as English, tours are usually available in other languages by prior arrangement. Room notes are provided in English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Japanese and Swedish for visitors to read at their leisure. Fully illustrated guidebooks are available in English prices at £4.95 and can be purchased at the ticket office, entrance hall and gift shop.
Drivers, couriers and tour guides receive complimentary admission to the castle and grounds and two vouchers are issued for use in the restaurant and gift shop.
On arrival, you will pass through the castle gates, these are 3.3m (11ft) wide by 4.05m (13ft 4in) high, and will accommodate most coaches and motor homes. If you have any concerns, please contact the administration office on 01796 481 207 for a route that will avoid this entrance.
Please stop at the ticket office on the castle drive to check in, and receive further directions to parking. Visitors should be dropped off and collected from the coach parking.
Free parking for visitors is available 100 metres from the castle for 200 cars and up to 20 coaches at any given time.
The Tullibardine Restaurant seats up to 125 people and serves a range of home-made hot and cold meals, sandwiches, soups, salads and a large selection of cakes. Groups are welcome to visit the restaurant in their own time when visiting the castle. However, groups can pre-book from our wide selection of menus and where available we will reserve an area for groups to sit together.
Download our sample menus.
If you would like to discuss your group visit to Blair Castle and Gardens, please contact our bookings office on 01796 481207 or email [email protected]