Blair Castle

Lonely Planet review

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland, magnificent Blair Castle – and the 108 square miles it sits on – is the seat of the Duke of Atholl, head of the Murray clan. It’s an impressive white building set beneath forested slopes above the River Garry.

The original tower was built in 1269, but the castle has undergone significant remodelling since. Thirty rooms are open to the public and they present a wonderful picture of upper-class Highland life from the 16th century on. The dining room is sumptuous – check out the 9-pint wine glasses – and the ballroom is a vaulted chamber that’s a virtual stag cemetery.

The current duke visits the castle every May to review the Atholl Highlanders, Britain’s only private army.