Blair Castle extends its opening season as demand increases for winter holidays


Due to the growing increase in staycations, one of Scotland’s most famous visitor destinations, Blair Castle and its surrounding estate, has decided to extend its opening season, rather than stick to its traditional closing date in October.

For the first time, (subject to ongoing government guidance) the Castle will remain open for guided tours until mid-December. With the increasing popularity of motorhomes, touring pitches within the caravan park will now also be available to book until the end of the year.

The Estate has already seen its traditional summer holiday months extend well into the autumn, with bookings for self-catering accommodation over September and October up 15% on previous years and motorhome bookings in the caravan park rising 23% – which reflects the increasing popularity of touring holidays in the Cairngorms National Park.

With uncertainty and potential restrictions around foreign travel, Blair Castle is now also seeing the impact on bookings for November and December as travellers exchange winter sun for stress-free pre-Christmas family get-aways in a COVID-safe environment.

Accommodation and venues across the estate have been effectively implementing Covid secure policies, and achieving “We’re Good To Go” status. The official accreditation signals that the estate has followed government guidance and has a COVID process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Chloe Thornton, marketing officer for the Estate said: “It is the simplicity of a holiday with family, surrounded by nature, that is driving enquiries for winter holidays. The confidence that travel arrangements won’t be disrupted and that high standards of cleanliness will be enforced is the perfect solution for families looking for ways to grab some time away together prior to Christmas.

“The holiday season has already spilled over into autumn. The colours across the estate at this time of year are spectacular. That, combined with the reassurance we can offer, means we are potentially now seeing a new season of winter family holidays.”

Blair Castle and its estate covers 145,000 acres of glorious countryside, meaning end of year staycationers can enjoy 50 miles of waymarked trails to reconnect with nature, while no one is far from places to eat and shop in Pitlochry, making this the perfect base for festive shopping trips.

During 2020 Blair Castle and Gardens will be open daily until 30 October, between 10am – 5:30pm, with final admission at 4pm. From 1 November to 12 December, the castle only will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for pre-booked pre-paid tours.