Ayrshire Prestwick United Kingdom
Castle - Ayrshire
Blairquhan Castle is a Grade A listed building, situated in the heart of the Ayrshire countryside. This magnificent example of stunning Regency architecture is more than just a property or a venue; it is part of Scotland’s rich heritage. With well-established grounds and a beautiful walled garden, Blairquhan Castle is the perfect choice for those with a discerning eye.
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The castle, as it stands today, was completed in 1824. However, the original tower-house was erected on the site back in 1346 and, remarkably, only four families lived on the estate from that date until 2012, when the current owners, Ganten Scotland, bought the property.
Blairquhan was also used as a replacement for Balmoral Castle in the 2006 Oscar-winning motion picture ‘The Queen’, starring Helen Mirren, as well as featuring in many other films and television programmes.
Situated in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside, this remarkable piece of Regency architecture is far more than just a wedding venue – it has history, it has character, but most of all, it has charm. You couldn’t wish for a more romantic setting for your wedding day.
Blairquhan Castle is able to offer seating capacity for up to 100 guests for either civil or religious ceremonies. If you prefer, there is a beautiful church in the nearby village of Straiton. Up to 60 guests can be seated in the dining room for the wedding breakfast, and up to 100 guests in the two drawing rooms. For larger parties, a marquee is available on the castle grounds.
A sophisticated and exclusive venue with more than 200 years of Scottish Baronial history behind it, Blairquhan Castle offers you the unique opportunity to host a truly unforgettable experience for those lucky enough to receive an invite.
Whether you need to hold an executive meeting, a conference or a team training day, Blairquhan Castle can offer you an inspiring setting that is free from distractions and interruptions. The castle’s staff will take care of everything for you, enabling you to concentrate on what you do best.
There’s no need for lengthy journeys to and from the venue either, as Blairquhan can accommodate up to 30 people within the castle itself. Should you need to shelter more than 30 clients and/or colleagues, there are also eight cottages within the estate for them to rest up in, ensuring that they are fresh and ready for the day ahead.
Blairquhan Castle's History
1346 - The original castle at Blairquhan was built by the McWhirter family. 1573 - An additional section of the old castle was added by the Kennedy family, who inherited the property through marriage. 1622 - Blairquhan Castle was taken over by the Whiteford family. 1798 - The castle was sold to Sir David Hunter Blair. 1820 - Sir David commissioned the famous Scottish architect William Burn to build a new castle after the original building was neglected and left to ruin. 1821 - The foundation stone of Blairquhan Castle, as we know it today, was laid. 1824 - Building work was completed. 1970 - Blairquhan opened its doors to paying guests for the first time. 2005 - Oscar-winning motion picture 'The Queen', starring Helen Mirren, was filmed at Blairquhan. 2012 - The castle was purchased by its current owners, Ganten Scotland.
Blairquhan Castle's table of pricing
|Season||Midweek (Mon - Thur)||Weekend (Fri - Sun)|
|Low Season||£5,500 per night||£6,500 per night|
|High Season||£6,500 per night||£7,500 per night|
|Christmas/New Year||£9,500 per night||£9,500 per night|
How to reach Blairquhan Castle
Beautifully integrated into the 200 acres of parkland that make up the estate, the unique gardens at Blairquhan Castle are something to behold. They were originally laid out back in 1816 and much of the landscaping still remains to this day, most notably the unique walled garden. The rising ground to the south allowed the landscapers to create an unusual three-walled perimeter. During its construction, the main wall was built with flues installed so that it could be heated to protect the precious fruit trees during the colder Scottish months. Blairquhan is located 50 miles south of Glasgow and Glasgow International Airport. Edinburgh and Edinburgh Airport are less than 100 miles away. Prestwick International Airport is 15 miles away, with frequent flights to London, Dublin, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt and many other destinations, the number of which is rapidly increasing.