Lonely Planet Names Blair Castle & Gardens Among UK’s Best Experiences

By August 13, 2019

Blair Castle & Gardens, part of the iconic Atholl Estate in Highland Perthshire, has been included in Lonely Planet’s first Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist.

A follow-up to Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist, and Ultimate Eatlist, the new guide celebrates and ranks the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for the first time.

Blair Castle was featured in season two of ITV’s hit drama series Victoria, based on the true royal ties with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who fell in love with Blair Atholl and became regular visitors.

The historic castle also recently appeared in James Martin’s Great British Adventure on BBC when he was caught on camera cooking venison with beetroot and blackberries in the walled garden with fellow chef, Tom Kitchin.

Visitors to the attraction can make the most of their visit by staying in the on-site self-catering accommodation. Whether looking for a tranquil break for two, a family retreat, or group getaway, there’s a highland escape for all. The estate boasts 11 Scandinavian inspired Woodland Lodges, sleeping 2 – 6 people, five larger Highland Lodges sleeping 2 – 20 guests, 8 two-person camping pods and 18 holiday homes.

Julia Sim, Head of Sales and Marketing at Blair Castle & Gardens, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be included in Lonely Planet’s first Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist. The castle has been the home of the Atholl family for over seven centuries and during its diverse history, it has been home to politicians, soldiers, agriculturalists and entrepreneurs. Accompanied by 145,000 acres of magnificent landscape, this historic destination is a rich tapestry of history.

“So whether you are a history buff, simply want to find out more about our nation’s past, or perhaps follow the backdrops of the recent TV action, come to Blair Castle & Gardens and immerse yourself in Scotland’s past.

Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience, Tom Hall, said:

“Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist brings together the UK’s most compelling sights and experiences, from world-class museums and giant cathedrals to rollicking festivals, inky lochs and tiny pubs. We’re thrilled to name magnificent Blair Castle and its surrounding estates among the entries. It presents a wonderful picture of upper-class Highland life.”