Atholl Estates has a beautiful and diverse landscape of rugged hills, open countryside, woodland and moorland. Situated at the entrance to the Cairngorms National Park, only 6 miles from the market town of Pitlochry, the estate is within easy driving distance from Edinburgh and Glasgow and offers a wealth of activities for those wanting to explore the area.
Accommodation - The estate offers a range of accommodation to suit everyone. From the beauty of Dunkeld in the South to the wild mountains of the Cairngorms in the North, our self-catering accommodation ranges from large Victorian shooting lodges and converted farmhouses to the cosiest of cottages. They all sit in particularly attractive glens and straths, near the rivers, lochs and forests that make Atholl such a beautiful place to stay. In the castle grounds, guests can stay in our spacious Caravan Park and luxury Woodland Lodges, with a pitch suitable for every requirement.
Wildlife - Most of Scotland’s iconic wildlife live in the countryside and wilderness of Atholl Estates including red deer, golden eagles, salmon, red squirrel, black and red grouse and much more.
Walking & Cycling - Atholl Estates has a range of walking trails for all abilities from the 1-mile Red Squirrel Route to the scenic 10-mile Glen Tilt Trail, all accessible from the grounds of Blair Castle. Hillwalkers can explore open hills and mountains, including 6 Munros and 2 Corbetts. Mountain bikers can enjoy a mixture of gentle rolling plains and more rugged Highland terrain on our 50-mile network of off-road cycle routes through forests and into the wild. For our recommended walking and cycling routes, please visit our website.
Rangers Activities - The Atholl Estates Ranger Service offers guided walks and family events throughout the year. Join a walk to see red squirrels or roaring stags in their natural habitat, learn more about the plant life on the estate or help out your local wildlife by making nest boxes and feeders. During the school holidays, there is plenty for children to do from taking part in the Egg Olympics at Easter time to Kite Making in July and the Autumn Treasure Hunt in October. For a full list of Ranger Events, visit our website.
Blair Castle and Gardens - Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden, following Bonnie Prince Charlie's stay in the castle. Learn how the castle has transformed from its cold medieval beginnings to become a fine Georgian mansion, and how a visit from Queen Victoria led to the creation of Europe's only remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. The castle grounds feature a beautiful 9 acre walled garden, recently restored to its original Georgian design with landscaped ponds, a peaceful wooded grove and ruined kirk.