Images taken at Blair Castle. April 2017.
We recently visited Blair Castle and Gardens, on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. Arriving to the sound of bagpipes, we knew this was a day out which would give us an insight into the history of the Scottish highlands. Stretching from the medieval period, the castle has been adapted throughout the years, to suit the needs of the Atholl family.
I’m unsure whether the live bagpipe playing is a regular attraction or just for special events (we visited during Easter weekend), but the kids loved watching and listening, as bagpipes are something they were previously unfamiliar with. Also for Easter weekend was a quiz for children to complete as they looked around the castle. This really helped to engage and interest them in finding out more about each of the rooms we visited. As well as the quiz, there were also decorated eggs hidden in some of the rooms, encouraging the younger ones to have a really good look around. Colouring activities were also provided in one of the rooms, as well as a dressing up chest in the ballroom – some really nice family friendly touches.
As photography is not permitted in most parts of the castle, I took plenty of pictures in the grounds and gardens to make up for it! The Hercules Garden was very pretty, with flowers just starting to bloom and I imagine this will be absolutely stunning in the summer months. The focal point was a Chinese bridge over the large pond, home to ducks, ducklings and even a nesting swan. Chapel ruins, pretty stone bridges, woodland and a red deer meadow also lie within the castle grounds, as well as a very cool adventure playground. There was so much to explore here that we spent far longer than we had anticipated (plus an extra hour in the gift shop while the little one decided what to spend his pocket money on!) but it really was a lovely day out and certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.
We enjoyed a complimentary visit for the purpose of this post.
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