Small town north of Pitlochry and Killiecrankie that sits beside the A9. Visitors stop for a visit to Blair Castle and the popular annual horse trials.
Local Sights & Activities for Blair Atholl
Phone code: +44 (0)1796
Seven miles from Pitlochry, and a mile from the village of Blair Atholl, is Blair Castle, traditional seat of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl. This whitewashed, turreted castle dates from 1269 and presents an impressive picture on first sight. This is the headquarters of Britain's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders, and one of them usually pipes in new arrivals. Thirty-two rooms in the castle are open for public viewing and are packed full of paintings, furniture, armour, porcelain and much else besides, presenting a startling picture of aristocratic Highland life in previous centuries. The most outrageously sumptuous of the rooms are the Tapestry Room and the ballroom. The surrounding landscaped grounds are home to peacocks and Highland cattle, and there are woodland walks and a walled Japanese water garden to enjoy. A handy camping site is immediately adjacent to the castle grounds.
http://www.blair-castle.co.uk, Apr-Jun, Sep and Oct 1000-1800, Jul and Aug 0930-1800, house and grounds £7.20, £6.20 concession, £4.20 children. Tel. 481207.
Falls of Bruar
Eight miles from Blair Atholl, just off the A9, are the Falls of Bruar. There's a short walk from the car park to the lower falls, but it's worth continuing to the more dramatic upper falls, which are less visited (see above). By the car park is the excellent House of Bruar, a huge shopping emporium designed like a Victorian hunting lodge where you can buy just about any kind of souvenir and enjoy some very fine Scottish cooking.
Blair Atholl Hotels & Accommodation
There's a selection of accommodation in Blair Atholl village. The Atholl Arms Hotel, Tel. 481205, near the train station, does B&B and serves bar meals. The best food hereabouts is to be found at the Loft, Golf Course Rd, Tel. 481377, which offers superior Modern Scottish/Mediterranean food at mid-range/expensive prices.