• Blair Castle State Dining Room

Opening Days and Times

We have now concluded our 2021 season, and the Castle and Gardens will remain closed until April 2022.

Open Days: Closed for the Season

 

Admission charges for the 2022 season are as follows:

Individual per PersonHouse and GardensGardens onlyAnnual Pass
Adults£16.00£8.00£25.00
Senior Citizens£13.60£8.00£25.00
Students (with ID cards)£13.60£8.00£25.00
Children (5-16 years)£9.50£4.50£14.00
Family Ticket (2 adults and 3 children)£48.00£22.00£65.00

*Prices above include a voluntary 10% donation towards our restoration and conservation projects. 

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

There is a ground floor audio-visual room for those not wanting to or able to use the stairs.

Annual Pass

Purchase an annual pass on your next visit to Blair Castle and return for free as many times as you like for one year from the date of purchase. Discounts are also available to annual pass holders in our restaurant and gift shop. The pass does not permit access to any paid events over and above regular castle entry (this includes the Atholl Gathering and Blair Castle International Horse Trials).

Photographic ID must be presented when using your pass at the ticket office.

Events at Blair Castle

Throughout the year, we host a wide variety of exciting events for all the family.

Our 2022 events will be announced in due course.

Coronavirus

If you have bought tickets online for the season and are unable to use them on the date specified then please email us and we will be able to advise you further.

Disabled Access

Disabled visitors should get guidance and help from reception staff on arrival at the ticket office who will direct them, if appropriate, to park close to the castle.

A full tour of the castle includes three floors and it is not possible to avoid stairs. Your entry ticket allows admittance to the whole of the ground floor which is accessible by wheelchair from the disabled parking area and gives access to several display rooms, the gift shop, restaurant, lavatories (including disabled lavatory), and an audio-visual tour presentation (with subtitles) on the castle.

We do not permit wheelchairs on the upper floors.

The audiovisual facility provides a rolling 25-minute display showing many aspects of the castle. It is principally intended for disabled visitors who are given priority but are otherwise open to all.

Accompanying carers will not be charged entry to Blair Castle. In addition, we welcome guide dogs, caring dogs and other recognised assistance dogs.

Click HERE to download Blair Castle’s Access Statement.

Click HERE to download the Access Statement for Blair Castle’s Gardens and Grounds.

Historic Houses Members

To book tickets please contact our Castle office by email or call 01796 481 207. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets on the day. Please note, tickets will be at timed entry and limited capacity.

Castle Tour

Castle tours are self-guided, with information in every room and guides on each floor to answer any questions you may have. Find us on the Smartify app and enjoy an audio tour during your visit to the Castle. You can also explore the app from home.

Languages

For the 2021 season room notes will be provided in English, and guide books in English can be purchased for £4.95 per copy.

Public Transport

Travel to Blair Atholl by rail, the train station is within walking distance of the castle. Links to a couple of timetables can be found here Scotrail and The Train Line.

Bus services are available from Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Local bus services from Pitlochry and The House of Bruar drop off on our forecourt, timetables can be found here.

Directions

If you are visiting us by car then please find directions below, the Castle is marked on the brown tourist signs along the A9 however more detailed directions are below. For Satellite Navigation systems please enter the postcode PH18 5TL.

Travelling from Perth heading north:

Travel north on the A9 past Pitlochry and take the next junction to the right signposted Blair Atholl, follow the road round and down to the T junction, take a right turn to Blair Atholl, travel through Bridge of Tilt (24-hour petrol garage here if needed) and over the bridge, you will then see the stone walls and iron gates of the Castle ahead of you on your right.

Travelling from Aviemore/Inverness heading south:

Travelling south on the A9 take the junction to your left at the House of Bruar, continue on this road where the Castle will come into view on your left after 3 miles, as you enter Blair Atholl the walls and iron gates will be on your left-hand side.

Arriving & Parking

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.

Free parking for visitors is available 100 metres from the castle for 200 cars and up to 20 coaches at any given time.

Electrical Vehicle Charging Points

There is an EV charging point within our visitor car park at Blair Castle, provided by Pod Point. The pod is rated at 7kw and is easy to use via their Pod Point app. Simply download and register for an account prior to use and follow the steps for charging.

As part of our ongoing efforts to be sustainable at Blair Castle, the Pod Point is connected to the Castle hydro scheme, which was reinstated in 2015. As a result, it is powered entirely by renewable energy.

Photography

You are welcome to take photographs within the Castle excluding the Entrance Hall area using small cameras or mobile phones however these images are strictly for private use only. Please contact us for permission to use for business use.

To keep our collections safe and with consideration to all our visitor’s uninterrupted enjoyment, we never allow tripods, selfie sticks or flash photography.

Dogs

Dogs (except guide dogs) are not permitted inside the castle but welcome on the grounds when kept on leads.

Drones

The use of drones and other flying machinery is not allowed over Blair Castle, the castle grounds or on the wider estate, unless in exceptional circumstances.

Anyone who would like to apply for permission should contact Julia Sim on 01796 481 207 or email or Julian Clarke for use on the wider estate.

Tullibardine Restaurant

The Tullibardine Restaurant is now open and serving a delicious range of hot and cold dishes, sandwiches, freshly baked cakes, tea and organic coffee. Please note, it is closed during the winter season.

Gift Shop

The castle’s Gift Shop stocks a wide range of gifts, books and souvenirs, many based on the Blair Castle collections. The shop is open during castle opening hours.

Contact

Telephone the castle on: 01796 481207

E-mail: [email protected]

Blair Castle
Blair Atholl,
Pitlochry,
Perthshire,
PH18 5TL

 

Environmental Policy

Environmental Visitor Charter