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Hotels in Blair Atholl

Tucked away in the Scottish countryside between two rivers, Blair Atholl is an unassuming yet vital piece of Scotland's history. The town is a flatter plain within the Grampian mountains, with the River Garry to the west and the River Tilt in the east.

Visitors typically stop in Blair Atholl hotels to attend the annual horse trials or as a comfier alternative to staying at Blair Castle Caravan Park.

Scottish heritage and history

The town was used by Viscount Dundee as a base from which to ambush troops sent by William of Orange during the Battle of Killiecrankie. In 2008, the residents of Blair Atholl successfully petitioned for the town to appear on the Cairngorms National Park map.

Blair Castle, in the centre of town, is one of the most prominent stately homes in Scotland. The castle itself is only open on certain days. In the surrounding gardens, you can spot red squirrels, peacocks and cattle.

The Atholl Country Life Museum also opens during the summer months. It used to be the village school, and is now home to Scotland's only stuffed Highland cow.

Lots to explore

Pick up some two-wheeled transport from SegwayEcosse at the caravan park. With your helmet securely fixed, set off along the local paths and trails. Guided tours are also available.

With the Cairngorms practically on your doorstep, getting out and about is easy. Try mountain biking or gorge walking if you're feeling adventurous. The kids can have a go at pony trekking and the lighter walking routes.

A visit to the Blair Atholl Distillery is a chance to sample authentic Scottish whisky. Check in advance to find out when tours are running. The shop offers malt and single whiskies, as well as souvenirs such as glassware, books, clothes, and local shortbread and fudge.

Days out from Blair Atholl

Taking a train from Blair Atholl rail station will get you to Inverness or Edinburgh. As the station serves the wider Perth and Kinross area, it's used by close to 15,000 people every year.

Edinburgh is around two hours away, so it's worth making a day of it. Go shopping on Victoria Street, hitch a ride on a tram, or experience the incredible view from Edinburgh Castle.

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