Blairquhan Castle – Ayrshire

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Blairquhan castle
Blairquhan Castle

A fine Scottish residence

Blairquhan castle is a grand regency castle near Maybole in South Ayrshire in Scotland. It is available to hire for exclusive use. A listed building, the stunning grounds and gardens appear in a national listing of significant gardens. In the Hunter Blair family until 2012, it is now owned by Chinese bottle water company, Ganten Scotland.

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Sundial time

Stay in a real Scottish castle

Blairquhan Castle is set in over 200 acres of private woodland and elegant gardens.  It now has a new lease of life, and is beautifully restored and refurbished with great care and style. Each of the fifteen rooms in the castle has been individually decorated by local interior designers. The luxurious furnishings, combined with lots of quirky details and ornaments make this historic venue a delightful place to stay in.

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A luxurious room

With an eco friendly biomass boiler installed, the castle is never cold. Four grand function suites transform into an ideal venue for weddings, events and house parties. We stay in one of the charming cottages which are part of the old coach house and stables.

Golf galore at Blairquhan castle

Blairquhan is close to a number of premium Scottish golf courses. The US President’s Trump Turnberry course is only 14 miles away. The castle has fishing rights in the Girvan river. The river winds lazily through the estate. When the river is high there is fishing for trout or salmon.
There is shooting on nearby land in season, and Blaiquhan can cater for shooting parties. You may spot a few pheasant as you wander about the grounds.

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Not a real pheasant

Four different families have lived at Blairquhan or on its lands. The McWhirters built the first tower house about 1346. The  Kennedy’s then inherited the estate through marriage and built the remainder of the old castle about 1573. In the early 17th century the Whitefords took over, but in 1798, suffering the effects of a bank crash, they sold Blairquhan to the Hunter family. Sir James Hunter marries Jean Blair.  Jean inherits her father’s estate and her surname adds onto the family name. They become the Hunter Blairs. David Hunter Blair’s son James commissions the current castle and it is constructed by Scottish architect William Burn.

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The gorgeous landscaped grounds

Blairquhan castle and the Hunter Blair family

The castle is full of important antiques and many outstanding portraits, mostly of members of the Hunter Blair family.

Have you seen this castle before?  The interiors and grounds are a substitute for Balmoral castle in the Oscar winning 2006 film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren. The bedroom she used to film in is now called the Queen’s room!

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The family crest

Beautifully integrated into the 200 acres of parkland that make up the estate, the unique gardens here at Blairquhan Castle are something to behold. The gardens, originally laid out in 1816 retain much of their unique landscaping, most notably the unique walled garden.

A room with a view

The rising ground to the south allowed the landscapers to create an unusual three-walled perimeter. Built in flues heat the walls because this protects the precious fruit trees during the cold Scottish winters.

The laburnum arch

Blairquhan Castle – gorgeous grounds and gardens

There is an arch of beautiful dripping yellow Laburnum. Beds of roses and cottage garden flowers bloom everywhere. Glorious Azaleas and rhododendrons bloom around the in the early summer. A tree trail in the grounds lets you identify huge old trees of many exotic types. The Dool tree is of special note and is close to the old servants quarters. Transgressors hang here as an example to others!

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The Dool Tree

An impressive avenue of 18th century lime trees creates a magnificent vista. Sheep and cattle dot the surrounding fields.  Local farmers rent them. They keep the grass nice and short.
Blairquhan castle is an exclusive venue, and ideal for that very special occasion or event. You can even rent the whole castle for a private party!

Why not employ a private chef to cater for your group or perhaps your wedding party? Looking for five star accommodation with outstanding facilities in beautiful Scotland? Blairquhan Castle this could be the one for you!

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