The Black Watch Museum

The Black Watch MuseumStained Glass Window
The following words are found in the Black Watch Museum situated at Balhousie Castle, Perth. (See Map)

‘In a Highland Regiment every individual feels that his conduct is the subject of observation and that, independently of his duty, as one member of a systematic whole he has a separate and individual reputation to sustain, which will be reflected on his family and district or glen.’

These words are relevant today as when they were written by a 19th century Black Watch historian. They lucidly illustrate that this regiment boasts a history of honour, gallantry and devoted service to King, Queen and country.  The Black Watch, taking in the eight most significant periods in its history, from its formation in 1739 to the theatres of war that The Black Watch is engaged with today.The battles which have contributed most to its history have been those in which the odds have been most formidable.  From Fontenoy to Fallujah with Ticonderoga, Waterloo, Alamein and two World Wars in between the Black Watch has been there when the world’s history has been shaped. 

The Black Watch has played a significant part in each of these bloody and mighty conflicts and the sheer scope and scale of The Black Watch’s contribution is what has nurtured a deep pride in this great Regiment.


The museum is staffed by retired soldiers from the regiment who will happily tell you some stories. You should also ask them for directions before starting your tour of the museum, as the layout is a bit confusing.

The museum is clearly signposted from the main A85 / A989 roads through Perth city centre.


Address: Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR
Telephone:00 44 1738 638152 00
Website:http://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/
Managed by: Independent
Opening Hours: May - September, Monday - Saturday (including public holidays), 10.00am - 16.30pm, excluding last Sat of June.
October - April, Monday - Friday 10.00am - 15.30pm.
Admission: Free (donations welcome)
Parking: Yes
Languages: English 
Accessibility: Yes but limited
Toilets: Yes
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: No

Last updated 17/01/2010


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