Category: Castles

Ancient houses in the Allean Forest

Black house in the Allean Forest near Pitlochry The Allean Forest is part of the Tay Forest Park and is close to the Queen’s View and Loch Tummel just outside Pitlochry. Typically well waymarked Forestry Commission paths lead up the hill through pine, fir and larch woodland. There are two main routes.

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Braemar Castle

Braemar CastleNot far outside Braemar is Braemar Castle. Built as a grand hunting lodge on the banks of the River Dee in 1628 by the Earl of Mar, the castle has been the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Farquarson since the 1800’s. Now run and

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Balmoral Castle

Balmoral CastleBalmoral Castle is close to Braemar in Royal Deeside and around a one hour drive from Pitlochry. The truly enormous Balmoral Estate boasts many munros and massive expanses of stunning ancient Caledonian Pine forest. At the heart of the estate and on the banks of the River Dee is Balmoral Castle itself. Purchased in the 19th Century by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert it soon

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Blair Castle

Blair Castle near Pitlochry

A visit to Blair Castle and the wider Atholl Estates is definitely to be recommended. The Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. You can tour over 30 rooms and extensive grounds. It’s quite a place.

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Atholl Highlanders’ Parade

Atholl Highlanders' Parade at Blair Castle

The Atholl Gathering takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May every year and is a unique Highland tradition that has persisted at Blair Castle for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on the Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday.

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The Atholl Gathering Highland Games

The Atholl Gathering Highland Games
Every year on the second bank holiday in May, Blair Castle hosts the Atholl Gathering. This consists of the splendid Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on the Saturday and the Highland Games on the Sunday. The Atholl Highlanders officially open the Highland Games with a ‘March On’, led by the fantastic sound of their pipes and drums.

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Higher Oakfield, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5HT

Tel: +44 (0) 1796 473473


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