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Overview

Drumlanrig Castle is the Dumfriesshire home of the 10th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry.

The Castle is one of Scotland’s finest examples of 17th-century Renaissance architecture. Towering over the Nith Valley, Drumlanrig houses items from the world-renowned Buccleuch Collection including works by Rembrandt and Holbein.

On a guided tour, visitors will learn about the castle’s fascinating history, from the original ‘Braveheart’ story to Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s visit.

40 acres of beautifully maintained gardens lead to the extensive estate, with waymarked walks, cycling, Land Rover tours, tearoom and shop. The Castle and its grounds are available for corporate and private events.


Opening
Opening

2019

Castle:

19 April - 22 April inclusive

4 - 6 May and 25 - 27 May inclusive

1 July - 31 August inclusive 11am - 5pm (last tour 4pm).

Gardens and Country Estate:

Daily from 1 April - 30 September inclusive, 11am - 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

We're situated just off A76, 17 miles north of Dumfries. Also signposted from the M74 (J14 southbound) and A702 at Abington and Elvanfoot.

The Dumfries-Ayr 246 bus drops you at the estate entrance, where it is a one and a half mile walk through the stunning grounds. The nearest train station is approx. 10 miles away at Sanquhar. From here take the 246 bus or a local taxi.

 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Kings Hire 07551 217733

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £10.00
Child (5-16): £6.00
Family (2&3): £28.00

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

We would be delighted to welcome you to Drumlanrig Castle as part of group tour.

You will be welcomed with a breathtaking drive through the estate and the tree lined avenue up to the beautiful castle. There are a variety of fantastic fully guided tours available with one of the knowledgeable guides, starting with a 1-hour Castle Tour.


A word from the owner

We hope you enjoy your visit to our special castle.

Fun Facts

Drumlanrig Castle is one of Scotland’s finest examples of 17th-century Renaissance architecture. From the original Braveheart story to Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots. 

Discover works of art that form part of the world-renowned Buccleuch Collection with works from artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, Alan Ramsay, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Rembrandt.


Walks

You’ll find walks to keep your whole family happy in the grounds at Drumlanrig Castle in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway.

There are several way-marked trails, ranging from 2km to 5km that follow the original paths built during the Victorian era. They will lead you through a variety of habitats and features that make Drumlanrig so unique.

See if you can spot one of our red squirrels while you’re enjoying the outdoor life.



Weddings

Your big day deserves a venue that matches the importance of the occasion; and Drumlanrig Castle has a choice of flexible venues to suit everything from small, friendly gatherings to large formal ceremonies.

Your memories will be treasured and your photographs unrivalled; whether you have your ceremony in the grand heart of the Castle, or choose an elegant marquee in our gardens.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

As well as being an intimate family home, Drumlanrig Castle is also an impressive fully functioning enterprise so we understand the pressures businesses and organisations face when planning an event. Which is why we have a team of people dedicated to ensuring your event is delivered as planned and on budget.

Our team can work with you and our trusted suppliers to create a wide range of experiences, including black tie dinners, sporting challenges and conferences.


School Visits

The Buccleuch family and the Queensberry Estate are committed to working with educational bodies under the Curriculum for Excellence and Outdoor Learning programmes.

Taking the classroom outdoors is an excellent way to promote and encourage a deeper understanding of the impact of environmental management on the local countryside.

School visits at Drumlanrig are suitable for nursery, primary and secondary School children and can be adapted to suit specific curriculum requirements and age groups. Visits can be either ranger-led or self-guided and can include a tour of the Castle, a variety of walks or a chance to experience some of our rural businesses at work.