Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is one of the historic seats belonging to the family of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as being home to part of an internationally renowned art collection (Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, as well as landscapes by Paul Sandby and the Dutch masters). Here there is a wealth of experiences on offer for all visitors, whether you simply wish to tour the castle or explore the extensive 90,000-acre grounds of the estate, be that on foot, bike or on a Land Rover tour led by part of the Ranger team.
Although we went to try out one of the cycle trails, our visit coincided with a farmers’ market held in the castle stableyards, despite there being just four of these held each year. We had a quick look around at the produce on offer which included everything from hairy beast burgers to haggis pies.
Also in the stableyards, you will find a shop, small information centre, café and bike shop (run by the ever-helpful Rik of Rik’s Bike Shed).