Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland


This evening, I am posting information on Drumlanrig Castle following my visit there today.

The Castle is located about 90 mins drive directly south of Glasgow, near Sanquhar on the A76. Key information:

  • The name ‘Drumlanrig’ means Clearing Ridge with the name having part Brittonic ( Welsh) influences.
  • Was built 1679-1689 by Sir William Douglas (1637-95) as a manifestation of his wealth having risen to the position of Lord High Commissioner in Scotland. Sir William later became First Duke of Queensberry.
  • The castle was built between 1679-1689. Material is mainly local red sandstone which is crystalline in character.
  • Despite its 325 years, the property is substantially intact and in good condition.
  • Through subsequent marriages and inheritances, the castle is now the property of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry.
  • Other Scottish castles and estates in the same group include: Bowhill House (Scottish Borders), Dalkeith Country Park (Edinburgh) and Langholm Estate (Scottish Borders).
  • The interior manages to combine opulence with family living. Approximately ten principal rooms are open to visitors. On the walls hang a Rembrandt and 170 other paintings.
  • Outside, there are renowned gardens dating from the 18th and 19th centuries plus an extensive landscape over which visitors can walk, ramble, cycle or mountain-bike.
  • A 4X4 Landrover service is also available traversing the area between the River Nith to the tops of the Lowther Hills. An opportunity for wildlife watching and photography.

This is an excellent visitor attraction.

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