Hercules Garden Blair Castle
A walled garden, Hercules Garden Blair Castle has a life-sized statue of Hercules overlooking the garden.
It is the Blair Castle Gardens, approximately 9 acres (3.65 hectares) developed by the 2nd Duke of Atholl in the mid 18th century. Landscaped with ponds and plantings of productive fruit trees, vegetable beds and herbaceous borders. Other features include statues, urns, a Chinese bridge and a folly.
The 2nd Duke planned the garden so the walk from Blair Castle along the tree lined avenue to Hercules statue. Once at Hercules statue you see the magnificent walled garden set out in all its glory, below you.
The story of Hercules Garden Blair Castle.
After the two 20th Century World Wars, the Blair Castle garden was left untended and overgrown. In the 1950s it was decided to drain the lake and run it as a market garden. This was unsuccessful. Later Christmas Trees were planted to harvest as a cash crop and the original garden was destroyed.
In the 1980s, the 10th Duke of Atholl began to restore the garden to its original 18th century style and layout. The Duke could see that tourism would be important for the castle's long term survival.
Today it is a tranquil garden with fruit trees, herbaceous borders, yew hedges and a lake with water birds. A Chinese Bridge takes you from one side of the garden to the other. There is an Apple House with displays of images and information showing the garden in the past. There is also McGregor's Folly, with six statues outside.
The garden contains two beautifully thatched swan and duck houses. In spring you can see Swans, moorhens, coots and ducks with their chicks, all adding to the special charm of the garden.
Open from Easter to the end of October each year. Access is via Blair Castle and is open 7 days a week, from 9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).