Blair Castle **

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The first building on the site was a tower - Cumming's Tower, built in 1269 by John Cumming of Badenoch.

It remains today the tallest and oldest part of the Castle, which has itself seen three main stages of development: medieval, Georgian and Victorian.

In 1530, the 3rd Earl added a Great Hall and a series of vaulted chambers. In 1740, the 2nd Duke had the Castle remodelled as a Georgian mansion, though his work was interrupted by the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. In the 1870s the Castle was again remodelled, at the behest of the 7th Duke; a new entrance hall, front gates and ballroom were added, modern conveniences were installed and the exterior regained the towers and crenulations of its 16th Century appearance.