Blair Castle gives you the opportunity to see Scottish history through the lives of the Atholl Family, their collections of furniture, arms, china, lace and portraits speak for themselves.
Over 19 generations the Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl have been adventurers and politicians, Jacobites and Royalists, entrepreneurs and agriculturists, soldiers and scholars. They have made fortunate marriages and have almost all in one way or another made their mark on Blair Castle.
The paintings, furniture and other contents of the rooms in Blair Castle reflect the lives, history and interests of the dukes of Atholl. Few of them went on the grand tour around Europe, so popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, and those who did seemed to have little inclination or perhaps no means by which to send home foreign treasures. One might think more’s the pity, but the story built up by the furnishings and paintings, collected over the years, gives today’s visitor a rather more personal insight into castle life.
A sample of the rooms: