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The oldest part of the castle dates from the 13th century but is mainly from the 15th century and has been extended and embellied many times. It contains valuable furniture, paintings, an important collections of weapons, hunting trophies, ethnographica, souvenirs of the family and needlework.
The gardens at Blair Castle were mostly designed by the 2nd Duke of Atholl in the 18th century. A highlight is the 9-acre Hercules Garden, which is a walled garden named after its life-size statue of Hercules.
The Dukes have their private army, the Atholl Highlanders, granted by Queen Victoria after a visit in 1844 and revived by the 10th Duke.
Blair Castle is also a venue for field sports, cultural, corporate and private events, such as concerts, receptions, weddings...
For more detailed information about history, estate activities, visiting the castle, gardens and grounds, see website.