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Thornhill

 
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Thornhill is a very interesting small town with a long history. The third Earl of Queensbury founded Thornhill as a Burgh as long ago as 1664.

Thornhill is close to Drumlanrig Castle whose influence can be seen in the Mercat Cross in the centre of the town on top of which is a lead figure of Pegasus, the emblem of the Dukes of Queensbury which was cast at nearby Leadhills.

The town makes an ideal base to explore the many attractions the area has to offer or to spend some tine in Thornhill itself soaking up its history, checking out the shops and enjoying a meal.

Surprisingly, Thornhill is only about 16 miles from Scotland`s Highest Village – Wanlockhead famous for its history of mining where you can spend some time in the Mining Museum finding out about the history surrounding the lead and gold which was mined here. You might even have a chance to try your hand at panning for gold. The museum also has a tea room and gift shop. At 1531 feet above sea level, Wanlockhead is considerably higher than the highest village in the Scottish Highlands.

A few miles from Thornhill is Drumlanrig Castle set in a 90,000 acre estate.The castle itself has 120 rooms, is built form local red sandstone and is regarded as one of the finest examples of 17th century renaissance architecture in Scotland.  It is also home to many stunning paintings, tapestries and other objects d`art from the internationally acclaimed Buccleuch Art Collection.

You could easily spend a whole day, or more, of your holiday in the Thornhill area within Drumlanrig. In addition to a tour of the castle itself, there is a 40 acre garden to explore, an adventure playground, several waymarked walking trails from 2-5km, mountain bike trails, cycling opportunities, Land Rover tours of the Nithsdale countryside, opportunities to spot wild life and much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image of Thornhill copyright to Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence. Image of The Egg by DGWGO.

 

image 2 of Drumlanrig Castle courtesy of Visit Scotland

Events

The Eden Festival 2018
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Langholm Common Riding 2019
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Boswell Book Festival 2019
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Electric Fields Festival 2018
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Attractions

Annandale Cycles
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Crawick Multiverse
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Kippford Classic Car Hire
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Easterbrook LIVE
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Food and Drink

The Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club
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Burnside Tearoom and Fuel Station
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Moat Brae, Birthplace of Peter Pan
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Rik’s Bike Shed
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Criffel Coaches
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Easterbrook Hall
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Blackaddie House Restaurant
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Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate
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Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum
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  • Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms Hotel

    Hotels and Inns- 12 rooms
    Thornhill
    • The Buccleuch and Queensberry Hotel has been lovingly restored and is now family run
    • Set in the heart of the charming market town Thornhill
    • Our menu's change with the season and on availability of fresh produce.
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  • Old Tannery Cottage

    Self Catering - Sleeps 4
    Thornhill
    • Village location near to eating places and shops
    • 4* comforts. Private bathroom for each bedroom.
    • Private off street parking for 2 cars
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