RE-OPENING its doors to the public for the tourist season this week, Highland Perthshire’s Blair Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions, is hosting an array of ‘egg-citing’ family events for visitors to enjoy over Easter weekend.
The castle and estates team are running a range of activities this weekend including ‘Egg Olympics’ with the rangers (participants are asked to bring their own hard-boiled egg), Easter Egg rolling, Easter trails in the castle, Land Rover wildlife safaris and pony trekking.
Due to popular demand, the vintage tractor and trailer rides, which normally run during the height of summer, will be available from 12pm throughout the weekend, offering visitors the chance to explore hidden parts of the grounds in style and see the wide variety of wildlife living on the estate.
In addition to the extensive outdoor Easter activities taking place this weekend, the castle itself is commemorating the centenaries of three historic military conflicts with a series of war exhibitions on display throughout 2015. A Gallipoli exhibition to mark 100 years since the Dardanelles Campaign in the First World War, a Battle of Waterloo exhibition as it is 200 years since that famous conflict and also, to mark its 300th anniversary, an exhibition remembering the 1715 Jacobite Rising.
A fourth exhibition will celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, displaying castle memorabilia including recipe books featuring authentic recipes prepared for the Atholl family over a 100 years ago.
Stuart Letford, marketing and communications officer at Blair Castle, said:
“There is so much for visitors to enjoy at Blair Castle and this weekend is a great way to commence our programme of ‘egg-citing’ events.
“Our Easter activities are egg-crackingly good and offer something special for all the family to enjoy. I would highly recommend the vintage tractor and trailer rides, which are running as a one-off this weekend – it’s an ideal way to appreciate the grounds and explore the beautiful scenery.
“Our exhibitions are especially poignant marking 100 years since the Dardanelles Campaign during World War One and we hope visitors are able to join us inside the castle and experience our military exhibition series.”
Members of the public will also be able to enjoy a brand new five-course taster menu in the castle’s restaurant from April 13th onwards. As a member of Visit Scotland’s prestigious Taste Our Best quality assurance scheme, The Tullibardine Restaurant will showcase the provenance of the ingredients used on the taster menu, including venison sourced from the estate.
“As there is so much to see, do and taste, we are offering special season passes for £12 that allow people to visit Blair Castle and its grounds as many times as they like during the season, so visitors don’t have to see everything we have to offer all in one trip.”
To find out more about visiting Blair Castle, go to www.blair-castle.co.uk
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About Atholl Estates
• Atholl Estates is located in Blair Atholl, Highland Perthshire. The estate is centered around the famous landmark of Blair Castle.
• One of Scotland’s best known estates, Atholl Estates dates back to the 13th century.
• Atholl Estates manage a range of operations in the tourism, events, forestry, farming, property and country sport sectors.
• Atholl Estates also has a range of Highland lodges and a caravan park on site.
• For more information please visit wwww.atholl-estates.com or call 01796 481411.
About Blair Castle
• Atholl Estates is centered around Blair Castle and Gardens in Blair Atholl which are open to the public for day visitors, corporate events, functions and weddings.
• Blair Castle dates back to 1269 and has 30 rooms on display to the public.
• Blair Castle is open to the public from 1st April to 31st October and features a restaurant, gift shop and tours of the house and grounds.
• For more information please visit www.blair-castle.co.uk or call 01796 481411.
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