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Issue 68 - Highland gateway

Scotland Magazine Issue 68
April 2013


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Highland gateway

Keith Fergus turns his lens on the much photographed castle

The historic white walls of Blair Castle stand at the gateway to the Highlands, with the great mountains of the Cairngorms just a few miles to the north.

Situated on the edge of the beautiful Perthshire village of Blair Atholl, Blair Castle has been opened to the public since 1936 and today welcomes more visitors than any other private house in Scotland. Its history extends back to the 13th century when a castle was built here in 1269 as the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Blair Castle has had many additions to this first structure, subsequently becoming, both internally and externally, one of the grandest houses in Scotland, even surviving attacks by Oliver Cromwell’s army in 1652 and the Jacobite forces in 1746.

It is also one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, with one viewpoint being particularly spectacular, which is also very easy to get to. Simply pull in to lay-by 50 on the southbound A9 and revel in this wonderful panorama. From here the striking and eyecatching profile of Blair Castle sits amongst great swathes of woodland, the gorgeous rolling Perthshire countryside and in the shadow of the frowning behemoth of Beinn a Ghlo.