Visit Blair Atholl

When you visit Blair Atholl,take a look at St Bride's Church.

It is well worth a visit in its own right but also for the fact that "Bonnie Dundee" (John Graham of Claverhouse), who lost his life at the Battle of Killiecrankie, is buried here. Just three miles south of Blair Atholl you will find The Soldier's Leap, where a dramatic escape was made during the battle. There is also a Visitor Centre (by the National Trust for Scotland) where you can enjoy a "hands-on" experience of natural history exhibits, models and maps giving full details of the battle.

See how our ancestors made the delicious oatmeal which was Scotland's staple diet at the Blair Atholl Water Mill and Tea Room.

Visit Blair Atholl Country Collection, a unique folk museum with interesting, lively displays of village and country life of days gone by. For an interesting collection of ornamental metalwork, look in at the Old Smiddy in the town itself.

The Atholl Gathering takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend each May.

Why not visit our feature page for Blair Atholl Castle

The Blair Atholl area is superb for walks and Strathbraan Treks provide guided walks throughout Perthshire, each one accompanied by an experienced and fully trained Guide who will help you discover some of Scotland's hidden natural treasures.

The village comprises a wonderful run of stone buildings facing the estate across the main road, including a post office and the Blair Atholl Hotel. Behind the hotel can be found the railway station, on the main line from Perth to Inverness. Next door to the hotel you can find a slight oddity: a bookshop converted from a petrol station. Up the side road from the hotel is the small village supermarket. A little further along the same road, just beyond the railway crossing, you find a working water mill dating back to 1613 that also serves refreshments. Again when you visit Blair Atholl, two other major attractions should be mentioned here. The first is north west of the village, where the old road rejoins the "new" A9. Here you will find the strikingly constructed House of Bruar. Sometimes referred to as the Harrods of the North this is in effect a shopping mall for luxury and high quality goods from Scotland and beyond. One story suggests that it was designed so it could be converted into a hotel if this rather adventurous retail venture didn't work out: but to judge from its car park every time I pass, it doesn't seem likely to be taking bookings just yet. Three miles south east of Blair Atholl is the Pass of Killiecrankie, the site of the first battle of the 1689 Jacobite rebellion. The fourteen foot wide soldier's leap across the river here was allegedly jumped by a government soldier fleeing from the highlanders. Visit it from the National Trust for Scotland visitor centre in the Pass and judge for yourself whether this seems likely. And decide for yourself whether you believe the stories that the pass is haunted, and that carriages - and in more recent times motor vehicles - passing through are sometimes pursued at night.

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