Thursday, March 17, 2011

BLAIR CASTLE

One of Europe’s most spectacular castles which attract hundreds of travelers annually is Blair Castle. It is strategically located near the village of Atholl at Perthshire, Scotland. It is one of the few remaining 13th century castles in Scotland which is still inhabited since the middle ages. Blair Castle is home to the Duke of Atholl who owns the only legal private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders.

Blair Castle’s most distinctive feature is its fine medieval structure which had renovated by the succeeding Dukes attaining its glorious form of a fairytale abode. Apart from other medieval castles in Europe which seemed abandoned and neglected, Blair Castle is strictly maintained by the Murray family (surname of the Dukes of Atholl). It houses finest art collections of the family, paintings, needleworks and family memorabilia, it has a special garrison for Atholl Highlanders too. The castle is open to the public.