Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate
THORNHILL, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
This unusual pink sandstone castle was built in the late 17th century in Renaissance style. It contains a outstanding collection of fine art. There is also French furniture, as well as silver and relics of 'Bonnie' Prince Charlie. The old stable block has a tea room, gift shop and craft centre with resident craft workers. The gardens, grounds and wider estate offer world-class mountain biking trails, plus waymarked walking, hiking and cycling routes. Garden plant centre, bike hire, Land Rover tours and fishing also available. Contact for details of special events.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Some areas of garden not easily accessible to wheelchair users
- Facilities: Lift
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Castle open Etr, BHs & Jul-Aug, daily 11-5 (last tour 4). Gardens, estate, tearoom, playgrounds walks & cycling trails open Etr-end Sep, daily 10-5
About The area
Discover Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway is a wonderfully undiscovered corner of Scotland – a romantic land of wooded glens, high hills and exposed moorland, haunted by its colourful past and the ghosts of those who fell in fierce and bloody battles. Heading west from Gretna Green you soon reach Dumfries, straddling the River Nith, where you may see red-breasted mergansers in summer.
The market town has strong associations with one of Scotland’s most famous sons, Robert Burns, who farmed nearby and returned to Dumfries towards the end of his life. You’ll find Burns-related visitor attractions around town, plus a portfolio of other sights ranging from ruined castles and abbeys to quirky museums. You can see for miles from the Camera Obscura, which occupies the top floor of the 18th-century windmill.
To the north lies a vast and endless landscape; mile upon mile of open moorland and afforested slopes stretching towards the Ayrshire coast. On the long haul to Stanraer, you’ll want to make regular stops and visit places like Gatehouse of Fleet, a delightful 18th-century planned town, and Creetown, a planned village on the estuary on the River Cree. Perfect for walking and fishing, Dumfries and Galloway seems gloriously untouched by 20th-century progress.
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