Blair Atholl – wild and wonderful Perthshire

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A photograph of a couple looking out across the Blair Atholl countryside

A trip to Blair Atholl, with its stirring history and spectacular wildlife, offers invigoration and relaxation for overworked execs…

You don’t need to go abroad to go on safari. Blair Atholl is a 45-minute journey by train or car from Perth and is home to around 9,000 deer as well as black and red grouse, buzzards, red stags and golden eagles. It also boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Britain

The best way to tour the Atholl estate is by taking a Land Rover safari. This allows you to get up close to Perthshire’s astonishing array of wildlife. The main man-made tourist attraction, meanwhile, is Blair Castle, which bills itself as “700 years of history across 30 rooms”. As you approach, you can’t fail to miss the turreted, gleaming white castle as it dominates the skyline.

A photograph of Blair Castle at Blair Atholl

Bonnie Prince Charlie, Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria have all stayed here, but since 1936 it has been open to the public. The tour reveals how Blair Castle has played a unique role in British history, taking in the Battle of Culloden, the Jacobite cause and the First World War when it was used as an auxiliary hospital. An ‘illuminati’ of Scotland’s leading whisky distillers meets at Blair Castle to discuss the issues of the day and drink from a glass containing a rare, and extraordinarily expensive, Highland whisky.

A photograph of the library within Blair Castle

Director stayed a couple of miles away at Marble Lodge. For anyone who lives and works in a city you will be struck immediately by just how quiet it is around here, resulting in a wonderful night’s sleep for beleaguered business leaders. Marble Lodge is a self-catering home away from home, but there is accommodation across the estate to suit all tastes and budgets. This ranges from camping to pet-friendly lodges and four-star hotels. Irrespective of how you plan your break, you can look forward to a great British getaway that will also bring you a lot closer to nature.

A photograph of the grounds at Blair Atholl featuring a lovely pond

For more information on Blair Atholl, including admission prices for Blair Castle and schedules for the Land Rover Safari, visit blair-castle.co.uk

For details on accommodation in the area, go to blairatholl.org.uk

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