EXPERIENCE OUR HISTORY

Experience Our History

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary history of The Black Watch. From its formation in 1739 to the amalgamation of the Regiment in 2006 The Black Watch has played many pivotal roles in our military history. From its early years keeping “watch” over the highlands to the French Wars, Empire, the First and Second World Wars and more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the regiment has witnessed and contributed to many key moments in World history.  A visit to The Black Watch Museum brings those moments of history to life. 

Group of Soldiers from The Black Watch Regiment. First World War Trenches.
The Black Watch Regiment Tobruk 1942. Piper Rob Roy plats the pipes as injured soldiers look on

The Museum

Uniforms, fine paintings, medals, photographs, diaries, weapons and military equipment, together with film and reminiscences bring to life the proud military heritage of this family regiment. The collection contains significant items that have been gathered by the Regiment throughout its history, right up to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Black Watch Castle and Museum First World War Gallery
Objects and Artefacts Owned and Carried by Soldiers of The Black Watch - WW2 Era

Book a Museum Tour

The best way to experience the Museum is by booking one of our daily guided tours. Each tour begins with an introduction to the Black Watch and an overview of its extraordinary role in history and introduces some of the regiments key icons – the Red Hackle, The Title, The Tartan and The Badge. Our knowledgable guide will then accompany you through our history galleries – each of which will immerse you in a different stage of the Regiment’s history – from formation right up to the present day. Along the way we’ll introduce you to the soldiers and tell you their incredible stories through their own words and the objects and artefacts they carried with them.

Book a Museum Tour

The best way to experience the Museum is by booking one of our guided tours. Each tour begins with an introduction to the Black Watch and an overview of its extraordinary role in history and introduces some of the regiments key icons – the Red Hackle, The Title, The Tartan and The Badge. Our knowledgable guide will then accompany you through our history galleries – each of which will immerse you in a different stage of the Regiment’s history – from formation right up to the present day. Along the way we’ll introduce you to the soldiers and tell you their incredible stories through their own words and the objects and artefacts they kept and carried.  Book Now!

Discover Our Unique Collection of Military Objects and Artefacts

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Our unique and special collection consists of two and a half centuries of treasures of Scotland’s oldest Highland Regiment. These incredible artefacts bring the story of the regiment to life and provide us with a direct connection to the soldiers who carried and used them. 

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The Black Watch Regiment Military Artefacts Uniform and Sword

Our unique and special collection consists of two and a half centuries of treasures of Scotland’s oldest Highland Regiment. These incredible artefacts bring the story of the regiment to life and provide us with a direct connection to the soldiers who carried and used them. 

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Explore Historic Balhousie Castle

With origins dating back as far as the 12th century, dramatic, historic Balhousie Castle is both the ancestral home of The Black Watch and the unique setting for our incredible museum. Set in beautiful gardens and grounds in the heart of historic Perth, a visit to Balhousie Castle brings the Regiment’s glorious past vibrantly to life.

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Historic Black and White photo of Balhousie Castle. Home of The Black Watch Museum

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