The famous castles and historic houses of Perthshire
Blair Castle is located in Perthshire near the village of Blair Atholl. Truly one of Scotland 's very finest visitor attractions.
Open daily from 1 April to 30 October 10am - 6pm (last entry 5pm ). 32 rooms are open to the public for viewing. You can also walk around the grounds. Telephone +44 1796 481207 for details. Private tours all year round by arrangement.
If you are driving along the main A9 road, the best place to stop and take a panoramic shot of Blair Castle and the surrounding countryside is at layby 50. When heading south you have a better view from the road than when heading north.
- Visit www.blair-castle.co.uk
Scone is situated at the centre of Scotland geographically. At Scone Palace, in the heartland of Scotland, lies also the heart of Scotland's history. The chroniclers tell us of Druids, of Romans, of fantastic glimpses of kings and king-making.
We learn, too, of the High Kings of the Picts in their Kingdom of Scone, of Scotland's legendary kings like Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, of the Stone of Scone - known by some as the Stone of Destiny - on which British monarchs are still crowned. The first recorded Councils or Parliaments of Scotland were also at Scone. Scone Palace has been the home of the Earls of Mansfield for nearly 400 years. The present Earl and Countess of Mansfield bid you welcome and express the wish that you will enjoy this glimpse of their family home, and hope that one day soon you will visit in person...
Drummond Castle Gardens
Drummond has all the characteristics of a courtly, 17th century Scottish Renaissance garden. It is a composite garden, restructured in early Victorian times and renewed again in the 20th century when the garden framework and the exceptional interest of the original 19th century design were carefully preserved.
The was built on a rocky outcrop by John, 1st Lord Drummond. The 2nd Earl, a Privy Councillor to James VI and Charles I, succeeded in 1612 and is credited with transforming both the gardens and the castle. The keep still stands but the rest of the castle was restored and largely remodelled by the 1st Earl of Lancaster in 1890.
From the east gateway on the Crieff Muthill road, visitors drive up the long beech avenue to the car park and then walk to the outer castle court. On passing into the inner courtyard and attaining the top of the terracing the full extent and majesty of the garden is suddenly revealed. The dominant feature of the parterre design is a St Andrew's Cross with the multiplex 17th century sundial at its centre.
This spectacular sixteenth century castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society, welcomes visitors. Seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years and importantly situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the Highlands and here Bonnie Prince Charlie rested on his way to Culloden in 1746.
Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid example of the transition between an earlier rugged fortress and later mansion house and contains many features of interest together with a number of family portraits, specimen pieces of furniture and a small clan museum. There is also a walled garden.
'A place of legends and fairytales'. Family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne and a royal residence since 1372. Childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, birthplace of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret and legendary setting for Shakespeare's famous play 'Macbeth'.
As you drive down the mile long avenue, flanked in Spring by swathes of yellow and cream daffodils, or by the autumn colours of the rows of ancient trees, you will not fail to be touched by the magic of Glamis.