Drumlanrig Castle

[Drumlanrig Castle]

The "pink palace" of Drumlanrig Castle is probably south-west Scotland's greatest residence: an opulent mansion set among 40 acres of perfectly-landscaped gardens and even more extensive grounds. The building was constructed over a number of decades in the late 1600's by the Douglas family, Earls and Dukes of Queensberry and later of Buccleuch. They no longer use the castle as a main residence, but pay frequent visits - not bad for a second home! The interior is viewable only for a fairly short season each summer, though the grounds are open for much of the year. The excellent guided house tours take in £200 million items of furniture, £100 million paintings, secret passageways, tales of recent armed robberies, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Neil Armstrong and much, much more. And then there are the gardens, woodland, miles of waymarked walking routes and mountain biking trails, adventure playground, craft village, and even Land Rover safaris, fishing and shooting on the wider estate. The current duke owns more of the UK's land than any other private individual apart from the Queen, and you can tell.

[Castle & gardens]

Name: Drumlanrig Castle ★★★★★
Location: Off minor road a mile north-west of Carronbridge, G.R.: NX 852992 ///blog.workbook.branch
Open (2017): Castle: daily, July, August, plus some days in April & May; Grounds: daily, April to October, plus some winter dates (see website)
Cost (2017): £10 (adults), £6 (children)

>> see separate post for Bike: Drumlanrig ★★★☆☆

[Drumlanrig Castle]

[Castle & gardens]

[Marr Burn in the grounds]

[Woodland walks]

[The old stables have been transformed into craft shops, bike hire and the visitor centre]

[Main entrance]

[Entrance drive]

[Castle & gardens]

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