Drumlanrig Castle,Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Drumlanrig Castle which is located about sixty-two miles south of Glasgow, near Sanquhar on the A76.

Key information:

  • The name ‘Drumlanrig’ means Clearing Ridge with the name having part Brittonic (Welsh) influences.
  • Built 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 329 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 landed estate extends to 90,000 acres.
  • The Castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers. 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 off-road 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.

Video clip of the Castle in winter.

Approach road to Drumlanrig Castle in winter.