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Scottish Highland castle tours

Blair Castle

Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden following Bonnie Prince Charlie's own stay in the castle. You'll hear how the lucky inheritance of a smuggler-infested island helped turn the castle into a comfortable home, and learn how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders.
Dating back to 1269, the castle has been transformed through the ages, from its cold medieval beginnings in a strategic position during political struggles to become a fine Georgian mansion and finally a Victorian  castle in the barionial style. These influences can still be seen today across the 30 rooms on full display. 

 

Sightseeing

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Queens View

Queens View. Queens View is probably the most photographed view in Scotland. There is very easy access to the view,  which is probably part of its popularity. A short walk from the car or coach, up a newly constructed gentle incline, which makes it very easy for wheel chair users to see the view too.

Local tradition has it, that it was called 'Queen View' after Queen Isabella, King Robert the Bruce's Queen's who is alledged to have visited the site in the early 14th century. When Queen Victoria stopped and took tea at the spot in the mid 19th century, she wrote in her diary that "they have named this place after me, although I do not believe I have ever been here before" or words to that effect. The problem with being such a high profile monarch, I suspect is that no one dared put her straight on the matter.

Queens View Today.

Queens View today is run by the Forestry Commission of Scotland, it has a small shop and cafe (run by as a franchise), along with the public toilets, all these faciltiies are only open during the main tourist season from April to the end of October each year. The view itself and the car park is open all year round. There is a small fee of £2 per vehicle no matter how many passengers your vehicle has in it, as a small levy to help with the upkeep and maintanace of this very popular site.

Queens View is a short drive (approximately 15 mins) from Pitlochry, as you head out towards Killiecrankie, you take the turning to Tummel and Rannoch.

Address: Queens View, By Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross PH16 5NR
Tel: 01796 474188
 

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Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier

The Highland Chocolatier has a dedicated chocolate visitor centre, free entry, where you can learn about the wondrous ways of turning cocoa into the most sought after and adored of all confections, the gourmet chocolate shop is popular with locals and visitors to the area.

Address: Highland Chocolatier, Grandtully, By Pitlochry PH9 0PL
Tel: 01887 840775
Web: https://www.highlandchocolatier.com/
 

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Highland Safaris

HIGHLAND SAFARIS winner of the 'Best Visitor Experience' in Scotland combine award winning exhilarating Land Rover Safaris, our new Red Deer Centre, inspiring walking and Biking activities and Perthshire's only Gold and Gem Panning Centre

Address: Dull, By Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross PH15 2JQ
Tel: 01887 820071
Web: https://www.highlandsafaris.net/
 

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Birnam Institute & Beatrix Potter Exhibition

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre has an association with Beatrix Potter through an exhibition featuring her family's long holidays in Scotland (May to the end of the salmon season in October) inspiring enduring influences upon Beatrix's development both as an artist and scientist.

Address: Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS
Tel: 01350 727674
Web: https://www.birnamarts.com/visitor-tourist-attractions/beatrix-potter-exhibition-garden/
 
 

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The Scottish Crannog Centre

The Scottish Crannog Centre was built as a result of underwater discoveries dating back 2,500 years. It is a living experiment, that has a 'Gold Award' for best practice in environmental management and is a 5 star visitor and educational centre.

Address: Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire PH15 2HY
Tel: 01887 830583
Web: http://www.crannog.co.uk/
 
 

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The Hermitage at Dunkeld

The Dunkeld Hermitage, The Hermitage (Officially the Hermitage pleasure ground), at Dunkeld was created by John Murray the 3rd Duke of Atholl, in the mid to late 18th century as part of his home, Dunkeld House - to heighten his guests experience thrill and shear enjoyment as they walked to view the falls.

Address: The Hermitage, By Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross (Entrance from the A9)
Tel: 0844 4932192
Web: https://www.nts.org.uk/Visit/The-Hermitage/
 
 

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Bolfracks Ornamental Garden

Bolfracks Garden has been awarded the 4 Star Garden Grading Award by Visit Scotland. There has been an ornamental garden here since the mid 18th century. Most of what can be seen today originates from 1970's and is the work of the late Mr J Douglas Hutchison. In 1928, Ian Lawrie of Dundee planned and constructed the Stream Garden along the course of the Bolfracks Burn

Address: Bolfracks Estate Office, Bolfracks, By Aberfeldy PH15 2EX
Tel: 01887 820344
Web: http://www.bolfracks.com
 

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