About us

a historic location

Over 900 Years of History

It would be hard to find a more historic location for our philanthropy – the history at Blair Castle in Ayrshire stretches back over 900 years and our walls, it is said, were constructed by Norman Invaders. It is now a breath-taking home.

An Unquestionable Heritage

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Our heritage is unquestionable – in 1165, King William I of Scotland conferred the Barony of Blair upon Jean Francois. His son, William, then changed the family name to Blair. Bryce de Blair fought with William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and his descendant, Sir David de Blair, was knighted by Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn in 1214. Wow!


Thankfully however whilst Blair Castle is all history on the outside, surrounded by 220 acres of ancient woodland, parkland and private gardens, it is the epitome of luxury on the inside; a truly wonderous location.

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Truly stunning Gardens

Maintained by our wonderful Team at Blair Castle the gardens are truly stunning with ample walks and pathways to explore the full 220 acres of the Estate. As they say a picture paints a thousand words…

The Custodians of Blair Castle

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Sir Tom and Lady Marion Hunter’s philantrophy, The Hunter Foundation (“THF”) acquired Blair as the headquarters of THF and to house their leadership programmes in partnership with charity, Columba 1400, offering Columba a new home in addition to their headquarters on the Isle of Skye.


Blair Castle and Estate was acquired in the Spring of 2022 with a view to housing all of THF’s leadership programmes and charitable investment Board meetings.


However given Blair would not be fully utilised for these programmes they decided to continue with Exclusive Use hires offering an unparalleled opportunity for others to enjoy this outstanding Estate, Exclusive Use customers will be comforted to know that once Blair’s operating costs are covered and all proceeds are then invested for the common good via THF.

one of scotland’s most

Historic Estates