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.
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.