Blair Castle Gardens and Grounds
Blair Castle is at the hub of a breathtaking historic landscape most of which was laid out in the 18th century and features a magnificent walled garden, a peaceful wooded grove, a ruined kirk, a red deer park and a whimsical gothic folly. Colourful peacocks roam the grounds, Highland cattle graze in fields nearby and the native red squirrel can often be spotted amongst the branches. Children will also enjoy the castle’s woodland adventure playground.
Hercules Garden is a stunning 9 acre walled garden recently restored to its original Georgian design. Named after the life-sized statue of Hercules which overlooks the garden, it incorporates landscaped ponds, a folly, a Chinese bridge and an impressive orchard of more than 100 fruit trees. The glory of this garden in summer are the herbaceous borders which run along the 275m south-facing wall.
Diana’s Grove, a tranquil wooded area adjacent to the castle affords a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the county’s finest and tallest trees in a space of just two acres. It is also the home of a Grand Fir, the UK’s second tallest tree at 62.70 metres.
Woodland Adventure Playground
Blair Castle's woodland adventure playground is just within Diana's Grove and offers children a marvellous opportunity for fun both on the equipment and within the wooded setting.
The Banvie Burn runs through the Grove and is crossed by two attractive 18th century bridges which give access to the ruins of St Bride’s Kirk which has its ancient origins in Celtic times. After the nearby Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689, the Kirk became the resting place for the remains of Viscount Dundee, (John Graham of Claverhouse, known as Bonnie Dundee).
Just north of the castle and close to the pony trekking centre is a deer park stocked with native red deer. Peacocks roam freely in the gardens where wildlife abounds.
The Whim is an eye-catching folly standing on a bank to the north of the castle in line with the Lime Avenue which forms the main drive. It dates from 1761 and is simply a façade pierced with gothic arches set behind a parapet wall linking two small pavilions.
Gardens Sculpture Trail
Visitors can now enjoy following the new Sculpture Trail through the castle gardens and grounds. Click here for more details.
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens rated "excellent" by 5 travellers