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Blair Castle – Atholl Gathering, Highland Games – May 2012

The Pipes and Drums leading the ‘March On’

The Atholl Gathering takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May every year and is a unique Highland tradition that has persisted at Blair Castle for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday.

It was very hot indeed at Blair Castle this year and the whole day was a great success. The Atholl Highlanders officially opened the Highland Games with a “March On”, led by the skirl of their pipes and booming drums.

Following the March On, heavyweight strong men (and one lady) from around Scotland battled it out in the Highland Games, which included all the traditional events such as tossing the caber, putting the shot and throwing the hammer.

Loads of other stuff going on too, such as highland dancing events,  tug o’ war, solo piping and food and drinks stands.

The ‘March On’

Blair Castle in the blazing sun

The Games

The tug o’ war

A lot of people out to enjoy the sun and the Games

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Blair Castle – Atholl Gathering, Highlanders’ Parade – May 2012

The pipes, drums and army on the parade ground

The Atholl Gathering takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May every year. This unusual event is a unique Highland tradition that has persisted at Blair Castle for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday.

Looking back at Blair Castle from the gardens

The Highlanders’ Parade is the annual inspection by the Duke of Atholl of his army, Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. The army parades on the forecourt of historic Blair Castle, accompanied by the sound of their tremendous pipes and drums.

Usually beginning 2.30pm and continuing for about an hour the Blair Castle Highlanders’ Parade is great fun and as a bonus there us a very noisy gun.

In 2012 Prince Michael of Kent was present and the Highlanders were awarded Queen’s Jubilee medals.

What a great sound

Blair Castle in the sun

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Blair Castle – May 2012

We were driving down the A9 yesterday towards Pitlochry and stopped in a layby to take a couple of photos of the stunning Blair Castle.

A visit to Blair Castle and the wider Atholl Estates is definitely to be recommended.   The Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. You can tour over 30 rooms and the extensive grounds. It’s quite a place.

Blair Castle is only 10 minutes North of Pitlochry and a visit, combined with a visit to The House of Bruar and a walk up the Falls of Bruar, makes for an excellent day out.

Have a look at their website for further information. http://www.blair-castle.co.uk/

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