A visit to the wonderful Drumlanrig Castle
Considered one of the most beautiful castles of Scotland, the wonderful Drumlanrig Castle can be found in Dumfries and Galloway, on the grounds of the Queensberry Estate. The magnificent castle was built in the 17th century, using beautiful pink sandstone. It is known as one of the first and most representative Renaissance jewels of Scotland. Today it is a major tourist attraction, offering plenty of great events, outdoor and educational activities, the possibility to rent it for different private events or even weddings. A visit to the wonderful Drumlanrig Castle is with no doubt a memoable experience. I suggest you not to miss it!
Drumlanrig Castle and the Queensberry Estate
As I already mentioned it, the castle is one of the most beautiful of its kind in Scotland. It is a very popular visitor attraction, welcoming dozens of tourists yearly. The beautiful castle built of pink sandstone wears the characteristics of Renaissance architectural style. It is the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Queensberry and Buccleuch. Drumlanrig Castle lies on the grounds of the Queensberry Estate, having a picturesque setting. It overlooks the Nith Valley.
The building is enormous, having 120 rooms, 4 huge towers and over 15 turrets. The castle also includes an art collection, one of the most famous paintings of it being the “Madonna of the Yarnwinder” of Leonardo da Vinci. The estate is very popular among nature lovers who can walk along the marked paths and even cycle. The castle’s gardens are also beautiful with such highlights like the Victorian Glasshouse, the Rhododendron Collection or the Cascade.
Outdoor- and educational activities
Visitors of the castle can practice great outdoor activities, including walking, cycling, mountain biking, taking part on Landrover tours, fishing and others. Taking your children to the Adventure playground is another fantastic activity dedicated to the visitors.
As for the educational activities offered by the castle, school visits are usual. Another educational program is named the Rural Skills Partnership dedicated to students who would like to find out more about the land-based industries.
The castle hosts several events of which the most popular one is the Galloway Country Fair. In 2013 it will take place between on the 17th and 18th of August, from 9:00 to 18:00. (April 2013) It is one of the most successful country events in Scotland. The fair actually promotes the Scottish countryside, attracting visitors and exhibitors from all around the country.
The castle can be accessible easily, being situated about a 90 minutes-drive from Glasgow. It is suitable for disabled access, too. Drumlanrig Castle is open for visitors between the 23rd of March and the 31st of August (inclusive), every day from 11:00 until 16:00.
The estate and the gardens can be visited between the 23rd of March and the 30th of September (inclusive), every day from 10:00 to 17:00, the routes and trails being accessible during winter weekends, too, from 11:00 to 16:00. (April 2013)