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Drumlanrig Castle Gardens and Country Estate

Thornhill
Dumfries and Galloway
DG3 4AQ

Set on the 80,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park and Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle presents one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland and is perhaps one of the most rewarding and romantic of Scotland's great houses with its magnificent rooms and internationally renowned art collection.

Throughout the year we are delighted to invite visitors into the castle to enjoy a wide range of tours guided by local experts whose knowledge is only matched by their passion for the art, history and architecture that makes Drumlanrig so endlessly fascinating.

Beyond the house, the gardens extend to over 40 acres and include great formal parterres, dells and rockeries, charming summer houses, a Victorian glasshouse, plant centre and impressive rhododendron collection.

Around the estate, the possibilities are endless. From short trails to more strenuous way marked paths, walking enthusiasts are well catered for. Bike enthusiasts can equally enjoy miles of swooping woodland trails and country back roads. For the younger members of the family, an adventure playground with flying foxes, slides and climbing frames will provide much entertainment. The Buccleuch Ranger Service offers regular Landrover tours and ranger-led walks allowing visitors to get up close to the abundant wildlife and native woodland whilst the Buccleuch Sporting team offers first class fishing and clay pigeon shooting.

In our Stableyard you'll find an informative Visitor Centre; bikes to hire; a menu of locally sourced produce at the Stableyard Café as well as a host of shopping experiences. Shopping experiences include the Castle Gift Shop selling unique gifts, original cards and local arts and crafts; the Cycle Museum Shop, the perfect place to pick up nostalgic keepsakes and old-world children's toys; and the Stableyard Studios where some of the area's finest art and crafts can be purchased direct from the studios and workshops of the artists and artisans themselves.

Also located in the Stableyard is the Scottish Cycle Museum. The Estate was once home to Kirkpatrick Macmillan, a local blacksmith who rode 60 miles to Glasgow on the first ever bicycle in 1839. Drumlanrig's revamped museum boasts a replica of Macmillan's pioneering invention as well as an interesting collection of over 70 bikes from across the decades.

Should visitors need a break from all that activity, The Castle Tearoom provides delicious home cooking and decadent afternoon teas.

There's so much to do at Drumlanrig, you'll be longing to return.

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Directions

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is located 17 miles from Dumfries, just off the A76, and only 90 minutes from Glasgow. Good access is provided from all major cities and the Castle is signposted from the M74 (junction 14) at Abington and Elvanfoot.


Drumlanrig Castle Gardens and Country Estate Postcode for SatNav: DG3 4AQ

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