It rained but it didn’t matter. The wind was hurling around our ears as we arrived for a weekend of ‘chillaxing’ in the Highlands, but it didn’t matter. The children were uber excited to be staying in the static caravan at Blair Atholl Caravan Park and the fact that winter had come early this summer… didn’t matter.
The site at Blair Atholl is nestled in the grounds of the magnificent Blair Castle – and has everything you could possibly want for a weekend away in the country – even a hairdresser.
It’s glamping with a capital G. And we loved it.
The caravan is a little home from home. There are two toilets, a shower, three bedrooms and a kitchen and living room – it’s a tardis of comfort and warmth. Oh and a TV of course…
Once the children stopped running around choosing their rooms/beds/toy space, we took the dogs for a walk. The rain had slightly abated, so we donned the raincoats, wellies and hats and went for a stroll on the site – and found the play park. It’s the perfect place for kids to play and adults to relax.
The site is a very safe environment and for this reason, you do feel you can kick back, and let the children run around – never out of view as it’s a flat site and so you can keep your eye on them at all times. I know this will go down well with mums all over the country. We like our breaks but to be able to watch out kids run around, having a good time, that’s what helps us relax.
There’s a little centre here with a games’ room, satellite TV, table tennis and a shop – which always goes down well with little ones… lots of little bit of ‘rubbish’ for them to trawl through and buy, cheap but not nasty.
Remember your towels, we forgot ours. There are some at reception if you get stuck.
Though while summer may be over, this is the perfect retreat for a weekend away or for the October break…
Blair Castle is just off the main A9 road at Blair Atholl in Highland Perthshire between Perth and Inverness. It is some 35 miles (56km) north of Perth. Travelling by road, take the turn signposted to Blair Atholl some 7 miles north of Pitlochry. The main gates to the Castle are a prominent feature in the centre of the village.
Some of our visitors have experienced problems with satellite navigation in the immediate vicinity of Blair Castle. Our advice is to type in the castle postcode “PH18 5TL” but to ignore all sat nav instructions once you reach the outskirts of the village of Blair Atholl. The approach to the castle is in the centre of the village, through some prominent ornate gates along a tree-lined avenue. The entrance is well sign-posted from the village.
Take the A9 all the way south to Blair Atholl. The main gates to the Castle are a prominent feature in the centre of the village.
Take the A/M80 north to Stirling, remembering to bypass the city and follow the signs for Perth then Inverness which will take you on to the A9 north. Take the turn signposted to Blair Atholl some 7 miles north of Pitlochry. The main gates to the Castle are a prominent feature in the centre of the village.
Take the M90 to Perth outskirts where you will follow the signs for and join the A9 north to Inverness. Bypass Pitlochry and proceed as above.
The more scenic route is the A93 road via Ballater, Braemar and Glenshee to the A924 turn-off at Bridge of Cally, for Kirkmichael then head west to Pitlochry. Look out at Pitlochry for the signs for the A9 north to Blair Atholl (7 miles) The quickest route from Aberdeen is to come south on the A90 via Forfar, then Coupar Angus and Dunkeld.
Take the A90 to the outskirts of Perth then proceed as for Edinburgh above