Exploring the great outdoors is one of the many benefits associated with a caravanning holiday, as well as the ability to bring along your four-legged friend for the adventure. Scotland offers so many corners to explore and Perthshire being the gateway to the highlands is a stunning location no matter what time of year.
The colours you can enjoy as the season’s progress at Blair Castle and Caravan Park are quite exceptional. There’s nothing like a stroll through the beautiful countryside with your canine friend taking in the fresh air, views and amazing colours as the landscape changes during the year.
The regal castle situated in the heart of Atholl Estates with imposing formal gardens and expansive network of cycle paths and woodland walks is an extremely popular walking destination with dog lovers and a must visit experience as part of your caravanning holiday on the estate.
Set amongst 145,000 acres of magnificent hills, woodland and open countryside, visitors to the estate are never short of places to walk. It’s not just dog walking trails that make Blair Castle and its grounds one of Scotland’s friendliest holiday destinations, the estate also boasts a series of dog washing stations in the park – keeping mucky paws at bay back at base.
Some of Blair Castle’s most popular dog walks include:
It’s not called the Red Squirrel Walk for nothing, on this route there’s a good chance that you might see some red squirrels. As tempting as it might be for them, please make sure your dog is kept on a lead and doesn’t chase the squirrels.
This is one of our favourites, it takes you up the beautiful banks of the flowing burn. The gorge has steep sides, so extra care required with dogs along this path.
This route offers spectacular views over the farmland and across to Ben y Vrackie. Take in the sights of cows and horses grazing peacefully in the surrounding fields as you saunter through rural countryside.
Farm and Forest Trail
Passes through the home farm taking in stunning rural views, however with livestock moving between fields, young animals may be near especially in the spring and summer months. Please keep your dog on a lead when around the farm.
Glen Banvie Trail
One of our longest walks is the Glen Banvie Trail, a nine-mile circuit that allows you to take in the superb scenery that Blair Castle has to offer. This track has it all from stunning moorland and hill views, to roaring rivers. You might even spot a Capercaillie or Black Grouse. We’re very lucky to have these rare and spectacular birds so please take extra care not to disturb them.
Glen Tilt Trail
Explore the stunning views and take in some fresh air on the Glen Tilt Trail which is a popular hike which passes through grazing land used for hill sheep.
All of these walks are dog friendly, the only thing we ask is that you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, as this allows us to keep the estate visitor and wildlife friendly.
We are extremely dog friendly as a holiday destination, they are welcome to stay across the accommodation options available on the estate, from our award-winning caravan, camping and motorhome site, as well as the glamping pods, Woodland and luxurious Highland Lodges.
With families (and their pets) at its heart, Blair Castle provides visitors with a five-star experience from start to finish. And it’s not just dogs that will enjoy the activities at Blair Castle, there’s something for everyone, from scenic pathways, to Land Rover safaris, Segway tours, games and more. Don’t just take it from us, read about the Wee White Dug’s holiday adventures here.
Please visit our website for booking or for further information on Blair Castle Caravan Park and our doggy house rules. And come visit us at The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home show at the SEC, Glasgow on 6-9th February.
Tickets for the show can be booked online here: https://www.caravanshowscotland.com/book-tickets