Drumlanrig CastleDrumlanrig Castle
Drumlanrig Castle was built between 1679 and 1691 by James Smith (c.1645 – 1731), the King’s Master Mason, and although it’s name implies a fortified building it is rather more a baroque country house. Local pink sandstone was used in the construction and the result is a grand example of Scottish architecture. Attractions at the castle include superb French furniture, 300 year old silver chandelier, cabinets made for Louis XIV’s Versailles, Meissen and Dresden porcelain, silver and tapestries. Extensive parkland containing children’s adventure woodland playground. Historical gardens now restored to original 18th century plans. Plant Centre and restored Victorian Greenhouse.
Set amidst the magnificently designed landscape of Nithsdale, The Queensberry Estate extends to around 120,000 acres of heather clad hills, farmland and woodlands. The Estate provides some of the finest sport, walking and other recreation to be found in Southern Scotland. Careful stewardship over the centuries by the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry has ensured an ecological and aesthetically pleasing balance which makes the Queensberry Estate a very special place to visit.
Visitors are invited to join the regular guided tours which will be organised each day throughout the open season, check the dates and times on their website http://www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk/
Drumlanrig Castle is a 6.5 mile hike from Trigony, a brisk walk might take 2 hours. taking in plenty of open countryside and the river Nith, we’d recommend making a day of it as Drumlanrig has plenty of attractions, and grounds to explore. This is a decent dog walk, for dogs who are as fit as their owners.