Blair Castle is situated close to the village of Blair Atholl in Perthshire, Scotland and is the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. It was historically the seat of their chief, the Duke of Atholl, though the current (12th) Duke, Bruce Murray, lives in South Africa. The castle stands in Glen Garry, and sits in a strategic position on the main route through the central Scottish Highlands.
The castle is a category A listed building, and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens.
The gardens next to Blair Castle were laid out in the 18th century and feature an impressive walled garden, an extensive wooded grove, a ruined kirk, a red deer park and awhimsical gothic folly. Highland cattle graze in fields nearby and the native red squirrel can often be spotted amongst the branches of some of Perthshire’s trees.
Hercules Garden is a nine acre walled garden has been restored to its original Georgian design. Named after the life-sized statue of Hercules which overlooks the garden, it incorporates landscaped ponds, a folly, a Chinese bridge and an authentic orchard of more than 100 fruit trees. The glory of this garden in summer are the herbaceous borders which run along the 275m south-facing wall.
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