Hercules Garden and Blair Castle
Hercules Garden is a walled garden of ten acres, over looked by a fine statue of Hercules by John Cheere, placed on a rise in a shrub walk running east from Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. It was the 2nd Duke who landscaped the grounds in the mid 18th century, his scheme evolved to create two ponds in a large walled garden designed in the ‘Ferme Ornee’ manner-fruit and vegetables grown among ornamental planting schemes and sweet smelling shrubs.
Today the garden contains a large collection of fruit trees, a terrace over 300 meters long flanked by herbaceous borders, a variety of beds for vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, shade loving plants, roses and annuals. The layout is based on the 2nd Duke’s design and includes some of the original, heather thatched huts for the nesting birds and a restored folly, housing a display about the restoration of the garden.
Opening Times: 9.30am to last admission 4.30pm
Admission Rates: Grounds & Gardens: Adults £2.30, Senior Citizen £2.30,
Group Rates: Minimum group size: 12, Adults £2.10, Senior Citizen £2.10,
Facilities: Shop, Teas, Restaurant, Castle (5 Star Historic Home)
Disabled Access: Yes. Toilets & parking for disabled on site. Wheelchairs on loan, booking necessary.
Tours/Events: Please call for details or visit website
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: Approx 2 hours
Booking Contact: Admin Office
Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL
Tel: 01796 481207 Fax: 01796 481487
Location: Off A9 Blair Atholl on Perth/Inverness Road(35mins Perth).
1 ½ hours Edinburgh.