The Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth has secured VisitScotland’s highest Quality Assurance accolade in recognition of its excellent standards.
The Black Watch were formed in 1725, following the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. General George Wade was authorised by George II to form six ‘watch’ companies to patrol the Highlands of Scotland, three from Clan Campbell, one from Clan Fraser, one from Clan Munro and one from Clan Grant.
The recently redeveloped museum, housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle, achieved five stars from the national tourism organisation at its latest grading visit.
Set in its own beautiful gardens and grounds, the ancestral home of The Black Watch brings the heritage of Scotland’s oldest Highland regiment to life through its impressive collections, exhibitions and displays. Spanning over almost three centuries of history, items on display in the museum range from those recovered from the Peninsular Wars, Waterloo and the Crimean War all the way through to significant items from the recent Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
The Castle and Museum also boasts the recently redeveloped Copper Beech Café and The Black Watch shop, which were highly praised by VisitScotland for their layout and spaciousness.
On receiving the five star award, Sir Alistair Irwin, Chairman of the Museum Trust, said: “Attaining a five-star visitor attraction award following the redevelopment of the Castle and Museum is a huge achievement. This is a credit to the whole team who have worked extremely hard to provide a fantastic welcome to all our visitors every day.”
Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “I would like to congratulate The Black Watch Castle and Museum on their very well deserved award. Not only do they offer a unique portrayal of The Black Watch Regiment’s history through their excellent displays and collections, they also provide a visitor experience that is second to none.
The Black Watch Museum