Blair Castle and Estate

Ayrshire

Sitting in 220 acres of ancient woodland, parkland and private gardens, lies 5-star Blair Castle Estate - a new addition to our luxury castle portfolio.

This Ayrshire castle sleeps up to 34 guests (with accommodation for an additional 4 guests in the estate cottage). With stone walls as old as the encircling hills and interiors as fresh as the garden’s seasonal flowers, Blair Estate is available to hire on an exclusive-use basis for corporate and incentive events, family gatherings and celebrations, as well as self-catering use, facilitated by the East Wing and Garden Cottage.

Being just 25 minutes from Glasgow Airport and Glasgow City, and only 75 minutes from Edinburgh, Blair Estate is ideally situated for easy air, rail and road access.

Or, if you prefer coastlines to concrete jungles, Blair Castle and Estate sit just a 15-minute drive from Largs Marina, with a variety of watersports. Nearby Wemyss Bay and Ardrossan hold ferry terminals to the Isles of Bute and Arran respectively, the latter of which being described as "Scotland in miniature".

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The Castle

Blair Castle sleeps 34 adults in 17 bedrooms, with the option of sleeping 4 extra guests in the estate cottage. There are thirteen bedroom suites with en-suite bathrooms and four large bedrooms with private bathrooms. Each room is an embodiment of what “castle-comfort” should look like, with luxury linens, tasteful decor and beautiful historical features.

Taking its name from the year of the South Wing’s construction, the 1668 Drawing Room is a large, spacious room with two open fires and comfortable seating areas, perfect for both relaxation and enjoying lively conversation.


The Cecily Blair Sitting Room and Family Sitting Room make for home-from-home comfort, and the William Fordyce Blair Panelled Dining Room facilitates the most resplendent of functions and stately suppers within its grand, oak-clad walls.

There are three flexible function rooms, namely the Ingle Room, the Undercroft and the Guard Room. In the Guard Room, the remains of the original Norman Tower can be seen, which date back to c.1105.

To make your stay as comfortable as possible, Blair Castle Estate offers a full staff, including housekeeping, an Executive Chef and a Head Butler with a wealth of experience garnered from several private households.

House Parties

Owing to its commanding seat over stunning scenery and flawlessly appointed interiors, Blair Castle could quite appropriately be dubbed a perfect location for a celebration. Hearty breakfasts, light lunches, superb dinners and afternoon tea. No matter the meal, Blair Castle has a room for the occasion.

With sprawling grounds, abundant activities and many a comfortable lounge, your time at Blair can be spent in whatever way best suits your celebration; there is little that can’t be accommodated by the staff.

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Corporate

Blair Estate is an ideal location for corporate activities due to its 30-minute and 75-minute proximity to Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. However, it is more than just geographical location that makes Blair Estate so fitting a corporate venue.


The range and variety of rooms on offer can accommodate anything from board meetings to team-building exercises, and any corporate event is met with the highest regard for privacy and security by the staff at Blair Castle

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Self Catering

Blair Castle Estate also offers two luxury self-catering options:

Blair Castle East Wing

Sleeping up to ten guests over four floors in five spacious bedrooms, the East Wing of Blair Castle holds a large sitting room and well-equipped family kitchen and dining area.

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Garden Cottage

This idyllic cottage overlooks the Walled Garden and can accommodate up to four guests in two luxury double bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms. It is well-equipped, including free wifi.

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Activities

Golf

Often referred to as “golfing paradise”, the Ayrshire Coast is home to a number of championship courses, namely Royal Troon (15 miles), Prestwick Golf Club (16 miles), Trump Turnberry (35 miles) and Dundonald Links. For keen spectators and players alike, Blair Castle Estate is the perfect base providing luxury accommodation.

Activities available on castle grounds:

  • A private whisky and chocolate tasting in the castle’s Guard Room, the oldest room in the property dating back to c1105.
  • A 4 x 4 driving experience in the castle estate grounds, which can also include some team challenges such as blind driving.
  • A clan warrior style mini-Highland games in the castle grounds.
  • Foraging in the castle estate with a local expert followed by ‘wild’ gin cocktails.
  • The Blair ‘Wee Cumbrae’ challenge where guests test their wilderness and survival skills on a nearby private island, all under the guidance of an ex-army major.
  • Mindfulness and forest-bathing experiences in the castle grounds.
  • De-stressing yoga classes in the Undercroft.
  • For a real feel for life in the Scottish countryside a range of country sports can be arranged, from fly fishing to deer stalking. Guests can even take part in a simulated pheasant shoot in the estate grounds or simply try their hand at clay-pigeon shooting.

History

The history of Blair Castle stretches back over 900 years. Making yourself at home within walls laid by Norman Invaders is beyond a novelty.

In 1165, King William I of Scotland conferred the Barony of Blair upon Jean Francois. His son, William, then changed the family name to Blair. Bryce de Blair fought with William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and his descendant, Sir David de Blair, was knighted by Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314. A truer Scottish heritage is hard to find.

Colonel Frederick Gordon Blair was an aide de camp to King George V. Frederick’s only child, Cecily Madeline Blair, never married so on her passing, Blair House was inherited by Colonel Michael Borwick and finally onto his nephew, Luke Borwick. Blair Castle was the seat of the Barony of Blair for about 24 generations.

Prices

Blair Castle and Estate is available for exclusive use and is able to sleep up to 34 overnight guests (up to 38 incorporating the on-site cottage). Blair Castle and Estate also offer two self-catering options. Please note that all following prices are guide prices and exclude Christmas & New Year. Accurate quotes are provided on enquiry.

Blair Castle and Estate 2020 Per night
Exclusive Use (based on up to 20 guests) £7,500
Additional guests (per person) £200

The above rates (exclude VAT) are for exclusive hire of Blair Castle and Estate, a welcome afternoon tea on arrival, a three-course dinner each evening and luxury continental breakfast each morning, as well as full staffing, including a team of butlers.

Self-Catering 2020 Per night
East Wing - Self-Catering 10 guests (Sunday - Thursday) £675
East Wing - Self-Catering 10 guests (Friday & Saturday) £850
Garden Cottage - Self-Catering 4 guests (Sunday - Thursday) £200
Garden Cottage - Self-Catering 4 guests (Friday & Saturday) £275

The above rates (include VAT) are on a self-catering basis.

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Location

Blair Estate sits 25 minutes' drive from Glasgow Airport and 75 minutes from Edinburgh.

The estate itself sits in 220 acres of ancient woodland, parkland and stunning private gardens. A day spent roaming these grounds would be a day well spent!

In addition to the activities available within the castle’s grounds, Blair Estate is within easy access of ferry terminals to the Isles of Arran and Bute, as well as Largs Marina and a variety of watersports.