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Blair Castle

Blair Atholl
PH18 5TL

Telephone: +44 1796 481 207
Fax: +44 1796 481 487

A Big Year
From stone skimming and porridge making to rock festivals and Olympic events, 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year. Our annual calendar gives you all the information you need for planning your vi...

February 2012, Issue 61, page 34

A clan spanning the generations (Robertsons of Clan Donnachaidh)
In the latest of his series, James Irvine Robertson looks at his own clan name – one of the oldest families in Scotland

November 2004, Issue 17, page 62

A dual life
Ian Evans meets John Murray, also known as the Duke of Atholl.

June 2010, Issue 51, page 21

A fiddle player for all seasons
Roddy Martine meets the sensationally talented Ryan Young

September 2017, Issue 94, page 60

A Highland Safari
Christopher Coates sets out for the Appin of Dull and finds it anything but boring

June 2017, Issue 93, page 60

A lament for Killicrankie
It was one of Scotland's bloodiest conflicts but Killicrankie is often forgotten today. James Irvine Robertson reports

February 2006, Issue 25, page 20

A stately traveller: Letters from Bishop Pococke
John Hannavy follows the 18th century Anglican bishop from Orkney to Perthshire

April 2013, Issue 68, page 62

Angus & Dundee
An exploration of this vibrant region

April 2014, Issue 74, page 22

Angus & Dundee
Local History - Where to go - What to do

October 2012, Issue 65, page 18

Artist in Residence
Roddy Martine meets the portrait painter Andrew Gow

April 2018, Issue 98, page 58

Ayrshire & Arran
Local politics have divided Ayrshire into North (formerly Cunninghame), East (Kyle) and South (Carrick), now including the Isle of Arran and its smaller, sister islands Great and Little Cumbrae. Alth...

April 2011, Issue 56, page 18

Battlefields and beauty spots
David Gordan highlights some of Scotland's most famous battle sites

September 2004, Issue 16, page 28

Blair Castle will be jumping
This year's Bowmore International Horse Trials and Country Fair will take place between August 25th and 28th in rural Perthshire at the magnificent Blair Castle. The world's best riders come from all...

April 2005, Issue 20, page 9

Championship Dreams
We report from the recent Glenfiddich Piping And Fiddle Championships.

December 2011, Issue 60, page 44

Clan at the cutting edge of history (Murray)
James Irvine Robertson looks at the history of the clan Murray

March 2005, Issue 19, page 48

Cummings and goings
This issue, James Irvine Robertson turns the spotlight on the Clan Cummings

August 2007, Issue 34, page 58

Enjoying Equestrian Excellence
Michael Morris looks forward to his next visit to Blair Castle's annual horse trials and country fair

August 2016, Issue 88, page 46

Everything you need to know about Highland Weaponary
In an age when governments are doing their best to clamp down on the carrying of knives, it is perhaps apposite to reflect on the lawless times of long ago when individuals were obliged to carry some ...

June 2008, Issue 39, page 74

Famous across the world
In our continuing series on the great Scottish regiments, Mark Nicholls looks at the origins of the Black Watch and the part of Scotland it calls its own

April 2005, Issue 20, page 56

Fit for a queen
Charles Douglas looks at the history of this most royal of residences

April 2014, Issue 74, page 10

Follies and rogue architecture

February 2003, Issue 6, page 24

For Queen and Country
The Atholl Highlanders are the sole private army in Europe so it's only right they help to safeguard one of Scotland's greatest treasures - Blair Castle. Kate Ennis reports

January 2004, Issue 12, page 12

Great Scottish castles
Scotland has the most romantic landscapes, a feature heightened by some of Europe's finest castles. Here are 21 impressive examples

June 2002, Issue 2, page 76

Highland gateway
Keith Fergus turns his lens on the much photographed castle

April 2013, Issue 68, page 16

House proud (House of Bruar)
After almost 15 years of purveying the best of Scotland's edible and wearable produce, House of Bruar is becoming a legend in its own lunchtime. Even people who hate shopping make the pilgrimage there...

June 2007, Issue 33, page 46

In the news
Burns fundraising steps up a gear The National Trust for Scotland has launched a number of initiatives to raise much needed funds for the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, due to open in...

June 2009, Issue 45, page 8

Intensive training
In the first of a new series on days out by train, Mark Nicholls takes a trip on the Eastern coast line

June 2006, Issue 27, page 52

Inverness & the Highlands
The Highlands of Scotland is generally defined as the territory lying north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault, an ancient geological aberration which bisects mainland Scotland from Dunbartonshir...

October 2011, Issue 59, page 20

Kinross and Perthshire
Local history, where to go, what to do...

June 2014, Issue 75, page 18

Lord George and the last siege in Britain
James Irvine Robertson looks at one of Scotland's greatest military leaders

April 2007, Issue 32, page 38

Makars' Tales
Roddy Martine reflects on the immortality of the written word

October 2011, Issue 59, page 9

Mary's Royal Progress
Mary Queen of Scots got around a bit, so John Hannavy decided to take another look at sme of her residences

March 2004, Issue 13, page 18

Monarchs of the Glen
The British monarchy is whee it isbecause of its Scottish roots. A look back in time by Charles Douglas

July 2002, Issue 3, page 28

Perth & Kinross
With the old county boundaries of Perthshire straddling Scotland from the east coast at Dundee to the hinterland of Loch Tay and Glen Lyon in the west, with its northern boundaries touching Invernesss...

August 2011, Issue 58, page 18

Perthshire & Kinross – out and about in Scotland
Where to visit Adventure Park at Active Kid Toys Stanley, Perth Large children's play area with fort and go kart track. Café overlooks it so you can relax as the children play Tel: +44 (0)1738 827 2...

December 2007, Issue 36, page 34

Perthshire and Kinross
Local history, where to go and what to do

June 2013, Issue 69, page 18

Perthshire – exploring the heart of Scotland
Charles Douglas looks at the landscape and lore of Perthshire.

June 2009, Issue 45, page 26

Perthshire – Scotland's Land of Diversity
Tom Bruce Gardyne reveals the mystery of a landlocked county linking lowland Scotland to the Highlands

March 2003, Issue 7, page 46

Perthshire – Scotland's ‘big county'
Perthshire has often found itself at the epicentre of Scottish events, not least because of its geographical location. Ian Buxton acts as tour guide

January 2006, Issue 24, page 33

Renfrewshire and Inverclyde into Ayrshire and on to Arran
Local history, where to go, what to do...

June 2015, Issue 81, page 22

Scotland Events
Across Scotland, throughout 2009 First Minister Alex Salmond has unveiled the nationwide programme for “Homecoming 2009” which will include more than 100 events to celebrate Scotland's first eve...

August 2008, Issue 40, page 12

Scotland Events
The Braemar Gathering 5th Sept 2009, Braemar Possibly the most popular of all the Highland Games in the world, and the only one which guarantees the presence of a member of the Royal Family. Track eve...

June 2009, Issue 45, page 12

Scottish Happening
Whats happening in Scotland

February 2014, Issue 73, page 74

Shining Jewels and Hidden Gems

March 2003, Issue 7, page 59

Splendour at Pitlochry
Hotels don't get much more grand than Atholl Palace in Pitlochry, says Brigid James

January 2004, Issue 12, page 64

The Atholl Regiment
James Irvine Robertson traces the history of Europe's only private army

February 2017, Issue 91, page 48

The Clan Macpherson
James Irvine Robertson tells of this most noble clan.

December 2017, Issue 96, page 67

The Clan Oliphant
James Irvine Robertson looks at one of Scotland's great families

August 2014, Issue 76, page 62

The Fair Land (Regional Focus: Perthshire)
Charles Douglas sets out on a journey around Perthshire

February 2017, Issue 91, page 18

The Great Escape
Charles Douglas gets away from it all

September 2002, Issue 4, page 70

The Great Outdoors
Scotland is simmering with annual events and activities for the keen visitor

February 2013, Issue 67, page 63

The nation's treasures
Charles Douglas looks at 50 of Scotland's finest castles and houses, open to the public.

April 2010, Issue 50, page 14

The world's eyes on Edinburgh
This has been an eventful summer for Scotland, what with the G8 Summit at Gleneagles Hotel and the accompanying demonstrations in Edinburgh, Stirling and Auchterarder. No sooner had the streets of Sc...

August 2005, Issue 22, page 7

What's On
Am Mod Naiseanta Rioghail – The Royal National Mod

October 2015, Issue 83, page 9

Where to discover Bagpipes
In the latest in our series we look at the bagpipes – where to buy them, where to learn them, and where to hear them.

April 2009, Issue 44, page 42

Your Events & Festivals guide
Our pick of the best Scottish events, Highland games and festivals

April 2017, Issue 92, page 58

Scotland Magazine Issue 98

Scotland Magazine Issue 98
Speyside way - Historic Houses - Clans - Scottish Hotel Awards - Midges and more.

Published April 2018.

Scotland Magazine Issue 96

Scotland Magazine Issue 96
Wild North Land of the Vikings - Scotland's Route 66 - Castle Sinclair - Orkney's Ancient History.

Published December 2017.

Scotland Magazine Issue 94

Scotland Magazine Issue 94
Regional focus: Outer Hebrides; A fiddle player for all seasons (Ryan Young); North Coast 500; The forgotten Scottish composer; The Battle of Kringen..

Published September 2017.

Scotland Magazine Issue 93

Scotland Magazine Issue 93
In search of Atlantic oakwoods, the benefits of birdwatching and a history of Harry the Ninth.

Published June 2017.

Scotland Magazine Issue 92

Scotland Magazine Issue 92
We explore the Armadale Castle, the stronghold of Clan Donald and reveal the winners of this year's Scottish Hotel Awards.

Published April 2017.

Scotland Magazine Issue 91

Scotland Magazine Issue 91
Regional Focus: Perthshire, The Atholl Highlanders, The River Tay, Country Pursuits, Clan MacIntyre and more!.

Published February 2017.

Scotland Magazine Issue 88

Scotland Magazine Issue 88
Regional Focus - Stirling and the Trossachs; Scotland's railway workhorses; the restless River Spey; Gargunnock House; the Borders Railway; Blair Castle International Horse Trials; the Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland; and much more! .

Published August 2016.

Scotland Magazine Issue 83

Scotland Magazine Issue 83
Royal Choice - The Aberdeenshire Castle Trail, 10 Best Nature Reserves, General George Monck, Hippopotamus Murray.

Published October 2015.

Scotland Magazine Issue 81

Scotland Magazine Issue 81
Western Approaches, A Hundred Years in the Highlands, Family Crest, Cabisdale, 10 Best Manmade Wonders.

Published June 2015.

Scotland Magazine Issue 76

Scotland Magazine Issue 76
Edinburgh and the Lothians, The Diaspora Tapestry, The Haining, 10 Best Castles.

Published August 2014.

Scotland Magazine Issue 75

Scotland Magazine Issue 75
Kinross and Perthshire, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Melville Castle, 10 Best Cathedrals.

Published June 2014.

Scotland Magazine Issue 74

Scotland Magazine Issue 74
Forth Road Bridge, Battle of Bannockburn, Balmoral Castle, Angus & Dundee, 10 Best Battlefields.

Published April 2014.

Scotland Magazine Issue 73

Scotland Magazine Issue 73
Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, The spirits of Discovery, 10 Best Nature Reserves and Homecoming 2014 events planner.

Published February 2014.

Scotland Magazine Issue 69

Scotland Magazine Issue 69
Perthshire and Kinross, The Water of Life, Chasing the silver darlings, Crossing the border.

Published June 2013.

Scotland Magazine Issue 68

Scotland Magazine Issue 68
?Glasgow & Clyde Valley, Braemar Castle & Clan Forbes.

Published April 2013.

Scotland Magazine Issue 67

Scotland Magazine Issue 67
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs | Events Planner | 10 best stately homes.

Published February 2013.

Scotland Magazine Issue 65

Scotland Magazine Issue 65
Dunnottar Castle inspires Disney's 'Brave' , Angus & Dundee, 48 Hours in Perth.

Published October 2012.

Scotland Magazine Issue 61

Scotland Magazine Issue 61
2012 events calendar - The Hebrides - Fasque House - 10 best Scottish lighthouses and much more....

Published February 2012.

Scotland Magazine Issue 60

Scotland Magazine Issue 60
Neidpath Castle - Aberdeen & The Grampians - 24 hours in Inverness and much more....

Published December 2011.

Scotland Magazine Issue 59

Scotland Magazine Issue 59
Brodie Castle - 24 Hours in Stirling - Leuchie House - 10 abbeys to visit and much, much more....

Published October 2011.

Scotland Magazine Issue 58

Scotland Magazine Issue 58
Perth & Kinross special - Colstoun House - The Royal Scotsman and much more....

Published August 2011.

Scotland Magazine Issue 56

Scotland Magazine Issue 56
Dundas Castle - Photo Challenge 2010 - Ayrshire & Arran and much more....

Published April 2011.

Scotland Magazine Issue 51

Scotland Magazine Issue 51
Argyll - Loch Lomond - Stirling and the Trossachs - 10 Best Summer Walks - How tweed is made and much more....

Published June 2010.

Scotland Magazine Issue 50

Scotland Magazine Issue 50
50th Anniversary - Spirit Guide to St. Andrews - 10 Best Walks - Edinburgh & The Lothians - Artist Jolomo and much more....

Published April 2010.

Scotland Magazine Issue 45

Scotland Magazine Issue 45
Perthshire - The Ulster Scots - Clan Macfarlane Orkney - House of the Binns - Zeppelins and much more....

Published June 2009.

Scotland Magazine Issue 44

Scotland Magazine Issue 44
Loch Ness - Scottish Hotel Awards 2009 - Dumfries House - Stirling Castle - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs - 10 Best Traditional Scottish Pubs and much more....

Published April 2009.

Scotland Magazine Issue 40

Scotland Magazine Issue 40
Orkney and Shetland - The merchants and their city - Ghosts of Glencoe - 10 Best museums - The Rough Wooing - Whisky Special and much more....

Published August 2008.

Scotland Magazine Issue 39

Scotland Magazine Issue 39
10 Festivals not to miss - Edinburgh - Scottish Weddings - Golf Special - Traditional Ways - The last outlaw - Scotlands own Salem .. and much more.

Published June 2008.

Scotland Magazine Issue 36

Scotland Magazine Issue 36
Perth and Kinross - 50 Things you didn't know about Scotland - Cawdor Castle - Gold Fever - Scottish Churches - and much more....

Published December 2007.

Scotland Magazine Issue 34

Scotland Magazine Issue 34
Striling, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs - Edinburgh's high spots - Discovering malt whisky - 10 Best Hotels - Border Raiders - Brodick Castle - Abandoned Islands.

Published August 2007.

Scotland Magazine Issue 33

Scotland Magazine Issue 33
Castle of Mey - Royal Scottish Retreat - Ghillie Brown - The first Highland charge - Scottish Photography - Edinburgh Tattoo - Fishing for history - National Gallery - Act of Union.

Published June 2007.

Scotland Magazine Issue 32

Scotland Magazine Issue 32
Icons of Scotland - Smuggling - The real Macbeth - Ayrshire & Arran - Caithness - Kelburn Castle - Aberdeen galleries - Bagpipes - Clan Macpherson.

Published April 2007.

Scotland Magazine Issue 27

Scotland Magazine Issue 27
Kelvingrove art gallery - Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire, Explore Scotland by bike and train - Best Scottish beaches - Waterfalls - Best bookshops.

Published June 2006.

Scotland Magazine Issue 25

Scotland Magazine Issue 25
Going out for the summer - In search of seafood - Get on your bike - Orkney and Shetlands - Rodel Church - Loch Torridon - Robert the Bruce.

Published February 2006.

Scotland Magazine Issue 24

Scotland Magazine Issue 24
Perthshire - New tourist attractions - Edinburgh in words - Shetland's burning - Arbroath smokies - Iona - Travel to and around Scotland.

Published January 2006.

Scotland Magazine Issue 22

Scotland Magazine Issue 22
Glamis Castle - Hogmanay castles - Out in the country - Dundee and Fife - Country Houses - The Caledonian Hotel - Whisky regions - New Lanark.

Published August 2005.

Scotland Magazine Issue 20

Scotland Magazine Issue 20
Heart of Scotland - Stirling, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs - Top tourist sites - Scottish Music - Icons of Scotland 05 - Island Hotels - Scottish cheeses - Visiting Distilleries.

Published April 2005.

Scotland Magazine Issue 19

Scotland Magazine Issue 19
Cowal and Bute - Golf Hotels - Festival times - Tullibardine - Gastro Hotels - Ulster Scots - Top tourist destinations.

Published March 2005.

Scotland Magazine Issue 17

Scotland Magazine Issue 17
Living castles - Skye and the Western Isles - Runrig - Regiments - Clydebuilt Museum - Clan Robertson - Scotland on screen - Precious stones.

Published November 2004.

Scotland Magazine Issue 16

Scotland Magazine Issue 16
Super Sutherland - Aviemore - Famous Battlefields - A taste of the sea - Barra - Ospreys - Border castles - Rosslyn chapel - Malt whisky special.

Published September 2004.

Scotland Magazine Issue 13

Scotland Magazine Issue 13
Ayrshire and Arran - Lord of the Isles - Clan Donald - Scone Place - Heart of History - The real MacBeth - Isle of Skye - Cashmere - Gleneagles - Icons of Scotland.

Published March 2004.

Scotland Magazine Issue 12

Scotland Magazine Issue 12
Blair Castle and Atholl Palace - The Borders - Out and about in the Lowlands - Ancestors on-line - Fortress castles - Iain Banks - Culloden - Winter wildlife.

Published January 2004.

Scotland Magazine Issue 7

Scotland Magazine Issue 7
Best visitor attractions - James Cosmo - Braveheart star in search of Burns - Jack McConnell - Cheese tasting - Perthshire and Kinross - Food and Golf - Island Hotels.

Published March 2003.

Scotland Magazine Issue 6

Scotland Magazine Issue 6
Island Life in the Hebrides - Mary Queen of Scots - Dog sledding in the Cairngorms - Scottish Gardens - Skibo Castle - Highland dress - Haggis tasting - Oysters.

Published February 2003.

Scotland Magazine Issue 4

Scotland Magazine Issue 4
The Highlands - Finest hideaway hotels - John Buchan - Romantic wedding venues - The Pictish people - Outdoor clothing - Fenton Tower - Scottish baking - Pedlars.

Published September 2002.

Scotland Magazine Issue 3

Scotland Magazine Issue 3
Holyroodhouse - Whisky and Castles Speysides finest - Jenners retailing dynasty - A royal passion for Scotland - The Highland Clearances - Lord Lyon - Harris Tweed - Shortbread tasting.

Published July 2002.

Scotland Magazine Issue 2

Scotland Magazine Issue 2
Historic Castles - History of Culzean Castle - Dumfries and Galloway - Cruises from Scotland - Top spas - Belinda Robertson - Smoked venison tasting.

Published June 2002.

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