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Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

Castles and Stately Homes

If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking – you’ll love a day at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate. From activities for kids to salmon fishing or game shooting, you’ll find a raft of activity awaiting you.

The Castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers and from your very first glance you’ll know you’re entering a special place. Special enough, in fact, that the producers of Outlander recently used the Castle for filming their second series!

You will discover Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, landscapes by Paul Sandby and the Dutch masters, and cartoons by Rowlandson amid the finest furnishing and antiques.

The 90,000 acre Estate boasts miles of beautiful walks and acres of gardens.

Launch yourself down one of our championship mountain biking trails, or hook yourself a salmon, fishing on the river. Activities for kids include everything from the adventure playground to ranger-led wildlife walks and a host of events.

The Castle is the stunning Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and they hope you find it as inspiring as they do.

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Tel: 01848 331 555

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Opening Hours

The Estate Walks, Trails and Stableyard Businesses. – Open all year (Subject to weather and storm damage)
The Gardens, Adventure Playground and Larchwood Cabin – Re-open Easter 2022
The Castle – Reopen Easter 2022 (Groups welcome all year by appointment)



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Drumlanrig Castle and the Queensberry Estate is situated just off the A76 (Dumfries to Kilmarnock), 17 miles north of Dumfries, and is signposted from the M74 (J14 southbound) and A702 at Abington and Elvanfoot. Just an hour away from Glasgow.

By bus
The 246 bus service (Dumfries-Ayr) from Dumfries in the South and Ayr in the North via Cumnock, will drop you at the Estate entrance on the A76 (no service brings you to the Castle itself). The walk from here to the Castle is 1.5 miles through the beautiful Estate grounds.

The X74 bus service will bring you from Glasgow to Cumnock. Then change to the 246 bus service (Ayr – Dumfries) to the Estate entrance for a 1.5 mile walk through the stunning Estate. Alternatively, you could take a local taxi.

The 101 bus service will bring you from Edinburgh to Thornhill, then change to the 246 bus service north to the Estate entrance, or take a taxi.

By train
The Visit Scotrail’s website stops at Sanquhar. You would then take the 246 bus service south (Ayr-Dumfries) to the Estate entrance, or take a taxi. Coming from Carlisle, you could take the 246 bus service north (Dumfries-Ayr) from Dumfries Whitesands, or take a taxi.

By taxi
There are taxi operators in Thornhill (Thornhill Taxis 07551217733) and Sanquhar (B J Taxis Tel. 01659 58198 and Murphy’s Taxis Tel. 07961977691)‎ who will gladly convey you to the Castle (depending on availability – best to check price and book before you set out).

By air
Easy access is afforded from Prestwick International Airport (A76) and from the International Airports at Glasgow and Edinburgh by hired car.

Newark Farmhouse B & B and CL

Quality Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Dumfries & Galloway on a traditional family run working beef and sheep farm in the beautiful Southern Uplands Find out more

Scaurbridge House

A small private country house offering bed and breakfast all tailored to make your stay the very best. Find out more

Nith Riverside Cottages

Perfect for a family holiday, the outdoor enthusiast or a relaxing break, these 3 comfortable all have lovely large lounge areas for those perfect evenings. Find out more

Blackaddie House Hotel and Restaurant

This 16th century country house is the perfect place to relax and unwind. As well as being home to a fabulous Restaurant. Find out more

Self Catering on Drumlanrig Estate

5 properties ranging from 1 bed to 4 beds. All dog friendly Find out more

Nithsdale Hotel

Here at the Nithsdale Hotel we offer 14 ensuite rooms and a relaxing bar with log fire with friendly locals. A function room and beer garden. We are dog friendly too Find out more

The Auldgirth Inn

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION AT THE AULDGIRTH INN  Step inside and it’s hard at first to reconcile age with the plush 21st century inn. Find out more

Croftjane Cottage

Croftjane Cottage is in a quiet location with wonderful views overlooking beautiful Nithsdale, with the Lake District fells in the background. Find out more

The Hopetoun Arms

A truly Scottish experience in the heart of Southern Scotland's' Lowther Hills. The perfect escape to the countryside for couples, families, walkers, adventurers and others. Find out more

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

Discover Sanquhar’s world famous knitting tradition and the story of the mines and miners of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel. Find out more

The Tamar Manoukian New Cumnock Pool

New Cumnock
This outdoor heated swimming pool, opposite the New Cumnock Town Hall, is for the community to enjoy. Find out more

South West Coastal 300 #SWC300

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Robert Burns’ Ellisland Museum and Farm

Today visitors can explore Burns’ farmhouse; the kitchen where meals were shared, his spence where genius was ignited Find out more

The Covenanters

Today, the gravestones and memorials to these courageous believers tell a sad but fascinating tale. Find out more

Thornhill Golf Club

The course at Thornhill is a mixture of park and heathland with magnificent panoramic views which are equal to any in Scotland. It has been often described as a “hidden gem”. Find out more

Ae Forest

Ae Forest is the perfect place to get away from it all Find out more

Galloway Cycling Holidays

Castle Douglas - Kirkcudbright
We specialise in guided and self-guided cycling holidays in the South West of ScotlandWe can arrange the accommodation and will move your luggage. Find out more

The Striding Arches – Land Art in Dumfries & Galloway

The Striding Arches have been created by local artist Andy Goldsworthy and can be seen in the hills around Thornhill and Drumlanrig. Find out more

Kirpatrick Macmillan- man on wheels

Kirkpatrick Macmillan- man on wheels the man who had the vision to put the wheel and the pedal together and give us the bicycle. Find out more

Nithsdale Hotel and Restaurant

The hotel offers great food at the Oasis Restaurant, Find out more

Rik’s Bike Shed

Based at Drumlanrig Castle Rik's Bike Shed has hire bikes for all the family. Great trails and a fantastic wee shop to help with whatever cycling need you might have. Find out more

A’ The Airts

Here at A’ The Airts we are providing a platform for local artists and crafters to sell their works. Either in our shop or during exhibitions held in the Gallery. Find out more

Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse utilises landscape art to transform a former open cast coal mine into an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by future generations. Find out more

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

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Museum of Lead Mining, Wanlockhead

Here you will see the different equipment and pumps used by the miners to win the ore and keep the water levels down. the most spectacular minerals found in the Lowther Hills Find out more

Cample Line

CAMPLE LINE is an independent arts organisation based rurally in south west Scotland. We are very mindful of our location and the place we are in.  Find out more


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