Blackcraig Castle is a Baronial mansion house close to the towns of Ballintuim and Blairgowrie on the banks of the River Ardle. It was built in 1856 by Patrick Allan Fraser, a prominent Scottish artist and architect, and is designated as a Class B-listed building, with its walled garden A-listed. It has undergone extensive renovations/modernisation in recent years to return it to its full former glory and remains one of the finest examples of Baronial architecture in Scotland.

Surveys suggest that, originally occupying the site of Blackcraig Castle was a 16th-century tower house thought to be the property of the Maxwells’, who were in possession of the barony of Ballmacreuchy by 1550.

The current owners have been renovating Blackcraig and its policies since 2013 with a view to returning it to its former splendour. Two tasteful self-contained holiday apartments have also been incorporated and are available to rent. Although the castle and its policies are private, there are plans to open them to the public for events in the future.



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Founded: 1856
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom

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Kevin Duvalle (12 months ago)
The Bridge House is amazing! It’s the most unique beautiful place we’ve ever stayed. It’s cozy and gorgeously decorated. It’s also equipped with everything we needed. Miriam, the host is very friendly and helpful. She’s not just a super host, she’s a Hero host! We had an accident with our rental car and she went WAY above and beyond to help us. We are extremely grateful!!
Ash (13 months ago)
Fantastic stay, gorgeous surroundings, and the cutest little visitor.
taylor jones (14 months ago)
I would recommend this place to anyone, amazing place and I wish I was able to stay longer. Insane views, beautiful interior, great sauna, I hope to be back soon!
Gemma Innes (16 months ago)
Stunning location, amazing building, great hospitality, and a friendly host. Delightfully cozy and great place for four friends and two dogs to chill for a wee weekend away. The sound of the river make a soothing backdrop and lovely walk.
A Mc (16 months ago)
Unique and quirky place to stay. Interiors are clean, tastefully decorated, comfy and cosy. We enjoyed celebrating my partners birthday here in this beautiful home overlooking the river. Peaceful surroundings, pitch black at night and no noise except for the river rumbling and some hooting owls. Miriam the host was warm and effusive. Think we'll come back another time and try to book the turret accommodation with the sauna which also looks fantastic.
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