Swans in Hercules Garden

Blair Castle welcomes some new additions in the Hercules Garden

The spectacular surroundings of Highland Perthshire’s Blair Castle has had its thunder stolen in recent weeks by a family of newly-hatched cygnets who have been enjoying the tranquillity of the castle’s Hercules Garden.

The family of five, including Mum, Dad and the three little ones, have been spotted literally swanning around the pond and soaking up their peaceful and picturesque surroundings.

The new additions have proved a hit with visitors who have been exploring the castle’s grounds and spotting the array of wildlife that can be found on Atholl Estates.

Stuart Letford, Marketing and Communications Officer at Blair Castle, said:

“The wildlife found here at Blair Castle is just incredible. Where else can you experience a beautiful historic castle and witness some of the most stunning scenery and wildlife in Scotland? We have also welcomed some young deer calves and ducklings on the Estate in recent weeks. Our family of swans certainly seem to like our Hercules Garden and they are welcome to stay there as long as they like!”

As well as welcoming feathery additions, Blair Castle, which just received a 2015 Certificate for Excellence from Trip Advisor, has lots for visitors to see and do this summer including a series of military exhibitions commemorating the centenaries of famous war conflicts in history.

Stuart continued:

“Inside the castle, our three war exhibitions commemorate the centenaries of three conflicts. It is 100 years since the Dardanelles Campaign at Gallipoli during World War One, 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo and 300 years since the Jacobite Rising and we have exhibition cases for each of these conflicts.

“We also have our brand new five-course taster menu which showcases the very best of Scottish ingredients in the castle’s Tullibardine Restaurant. There is so much to enjoy here. So much that you might need more than one visit! For that very reason we are offering special annual passes for £12 that enable people to visit Blair Castle as many times as they like for a full calendar year.”

To find out more about visiting Blair Castle, go to www.blair-castle.co.uk


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