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Brief description of site

Blair Castle is associated with an extensive traditional estate. The designed landscape comprises mid-18th-century parkland, woodland which includes a mid-19th century planting of conifers known as Diana's Grove and a walled garden of over 3.5 hectares restored to 18th-century plans. This is a water garden called the Hercules Garden with landscaped ponds and productive and ornamental planting.

Brief history of site

The estate at Blair Castle was connected for centuries with the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The designed landscape was first laid out in the mid-18th century and most of the woodlands were planted from the late-18th to the early-19th century. The mid-19th-century formal gardens were removed in the mid-20th century. The Hercules Garden, formerly the `Water Garden', was restored in the mid-1990s.

Location information:

Address: Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. Perth and Kinross, PH18 5TL

Locality: Blair Atholl

Local Authorities:

Perth & Kinross

Historical County: Perthshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 43 Grid Ref: NN865661
Latitude: 56.7726 Longitude: -3.85876

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open all year, daily between April and October but with more restricted opening in the winter. Please see:http://www.blair-castle.co.uk/castle_opening_times.cfm

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1734

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1079

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