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Article published 23/09/2020

Due to the growing increase in staycations, one of Scotland’s most famous visitor destinations, Blair Castle and its surrounding estate, has decided to extend its opening season instead of closing in October. 

For the first time (and subject to Government guidance) Blair Castle will remain open for guided tours until mid-December. The touring pitches within the caravan park will now also be available to book until the end of the year.

The Estate has already seen its traditional summer holiday months extend well into the autumn, with bookings for self-catering accommodation over September and October up 15% on previous years. Motorhome bookings in the caravan park have also seen a rise of 23%. This reflects the increasing popularity of touring holidays in the Cairngorms National Park*. 

With uncertainty and potential restrictions around foreign travel, Blair Castle is also seeing the impact on bookings for November and December as travellers exchange winter sun for pre-Christmas family getaways in a COVID-19-safe environment.

Accommodation and venues across the estate have been effectively implementing COVID-19 secure policies, being some of the first to achieve “We’re Good To Go” status. The official accreditation signals that the estate has followed government guidance and has a COVID-19 process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

It's the simplicity of a holiday with family, surrounded by nature, that is driving enquiries for winter holidays. The confidence that travel arrangements won’t be disrupted and that high standards of cleanliness will be enforced is the perfect solution for families looking for ways to grab some time away together prior to Christmas.

The holiday season has already spilled over into autumn, the perfect time to travel safely to Highland Perthshire for a well-earned break. The colours across the estate at this time of year are spectacular. That, combined with the reassurance we can offer, means we are potentially now seeing a new season of winter family holidays. The charms of a crisp winter landscapes and brisk morning walks are there to be discovered.

Chloe Thornton, Marketing Officer for the Estate

Blair Castle and its estate offers a range of pet-friendly accommodation from its static caravans through to secluded woodland and historic highland lodges to suit all family sizes. Set in 145,000 acres of glorious countryside, end of year staycationers can enjoy 50 miles of waymarked trails to reconnect with nature, while no one is far from places to eat and shop in Pitlochry or House of Bruar, making this the perfect base for festive shopping trips.  

Caravan Park & Woodland Lodges 

Blair Castle Caravan Park in Blair Atholl is at the entrance to the Cairngorms National Park making it convenient and beautiful base for exploring the area or as a stop-off heading to and from the Scottish Highlands.  

As well as Caravan Holiday Homes, there’re also one, two and three bedroom Scandi-style woodland lodges and a variety of fully served motorhome pitches.   

The Highland Lodges 

Tulliemet House has seven bedrooms and enjoys spectacular views down the Tay Valley.  Old Blair started life as an inn and is surrounded by landscaped parklands, farmland and miles of way-marked trails.   

Kindrochet Lodge blends Victorian architecture and modern renovation and comes with a full-sized billiards table in the games room. Convalloch was originally a traditional Scottish farmhouse and steading.