Stretching over 145,000 acres, Atholl Estates has a beautiful and diverse landscape of rugged hills, open countryside, woodland and moorland. Situated at the entrance to the Cairngorms National Park, only 6 miles from the market town of Pitlochry, the estate is within easy driving distance from Edinburgh and Glasgow and offers a wealth of activities for those wanting to explore the area.
Most of Scotland’s iconic wildlife live in the countryside and wilderness of Atholl Estates including red deer, golden eagles, salmon, red squirrel, black and red grouse and much more.
Your best chance to see these beautiful creatures is with an experienced guide which is why our wildlife safaris are hosted by our retired Head Gamekeeper who has over 50 years experience living and working on the estate.
Your expert guide will cover challenging terrain as you climb and descend hills and explore open countryside and woodlands, taking in some of Highland Perthshire’s most diverse and breathtaking scenery. You’ll have opportunities to spot native wildlife while hearing stories about life on the estate.
Safaris are available every Wednesday and Saturday between April and October. We also offer private safaris and specialised tours (Black Grouse Safaris in April-May and Roaring Stag Safaris in October). For more information, please visit the website.
Enjoy a guided trek into the heather-covered hills, travel along forestry tracks and experience a river crossing on the back of a sure-footed Highland Pony. There’s a new sight around every corner accompanied by stories from an informative guide and lots of opportunities to spot native wildlife.
Routes are tailored for experienced, novice and beginner riders so all abilities are welcome.
The Blair Castle Trekking Centre dates back to the 1950’s and is the oldest Pony Trekking Centre in Scotland. Treks are available during the summer season from April- August. For more information, please visit the website.
Walking & Cycling
Atholl Estates has a range of walking trails for all abilities from the 1 mile Red Squirrel Route to the scenic 10 mile Glen Tilt Trail, all accessible from the grounds of Blair Castle. Hillwalkers can explore open hills and mountains, including 6 Munros and 2 Corbetts.
Mountain bikers can enjoy a mixture of gentle rolling plains and more rugged Highland terrain on our 50 mile network of off-road cycle routes through forests and into the wild. For our recommended walking and cycling routes, please visit the Ranger Activities section of the website.
The Atholl Estates Ranger Service offers guided walks and family events throughout the year. Join a walk to see red squirrels or roaring stags in their natural habitat, learn more about the plant life on the estate or help out your local wildlife by making nest boxes and feeders.
During the school holidays, there is plenty for children to do from taking part in the Egg Olympics at Easter time to Kite Making in July and the Autumn Treasure Hunt in October. For a full list of Ranger Events, visit the Rangers Activities section of the website.
Scheduled walks with one of the Atholl Estates Rangers can be arranged privately for individuals or groups. For more information, call Polly Freeman on 01796 481207.
Vintage Tractor and Trailer Tours
Explore hidden parts of the grounds of Blair Castle on a 90 minute Vintage Tractor and Trailer Tour. See the animals that live within the grounds, including red deer, Highland ponies and Highland cows as you follow the estate tracks through open field and farmland. Tractor tours are available during July and August. For more information, please visit the website.
Blair Castle and Gardens
Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden, following Bonnie Prince Charlie‘s stay in the castle. Learn how the castle has transformed from its cold medieval beginnings to become a fine Georgian mansion, and how a visit from Queen Victoria led to the creation of Europe’s only remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders.
The castle grounds features a beautiful 9 acre walled garden, recently restored to its original Georgian design with landscaped ponds, a peaceful wooded grove and ruined kirk.
The estate offers a range of accommodation to suit everyone. From the spacious Caravan Park and luxury Woodland Lodges in the castle grounds to our unique Historic Lodges, dotted around remote pockets of the estate, it’s the perfect place to stay and experience wild Scotland.