Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries

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Live like royalty with a visit to Drumlanrig Castle, a 17th-century Renaissance castle and home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Built from distinctive pink sandstone (hence its nickname, the Pink Palace), the structure supports 120 rooms, 17 turrets, and four towers. Situated in the expansive rolling green countryside, the grounds feature impeccably manicured landscaping and gardens. Aside from its royal inhabitants, the castle is also home to an impressive collection of paintings, tapestries, and part of the Buccleuch art collection--featuring works by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. Plan to visit Drumlanrig Castle during your Dumfries vacation using our convenient Dumfries route planner .
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  • As three friends were in Scotland to visit Dundee on Thursday, Tattoo on Friday and at a loose end on Saturday. The driver wanted to go up the west coast again but as it was raining and did not want t...  more »
  • We visited with 3 kids ages 13 8 and 6. What a beautiful setting. The adventure play park was great, very clean & neat with lots to keep the kids happy. The grounds around the castle and gardens are j...  more »
  • Having always wanted to visit Drumlanrig, it seemed the perfect opportunity given the mixed weather. Up the long imposing drive then suddenly the majesty of the castle is in front of you. Very impress...  more »
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  • Great castle, well worth a visit. Do the guided tour of the castle the guides are excellent and the vast knowledge of the history of both the castle and family is very impressive. The gardens are well worth a visit, especially if you have children. There is a good outdoor play park with sheltered seating for the adults.
  • Castle is beautiful and the land surrounding it is huge, well kept and impressive. But the treasures inside the castle are the real joy, including a stunning Rembrandt and some phenomenal period furniture. Guide was not great though and might be better replaced with a recording.
  • A well priced castle visit. Loads for the kids to do, excellent playground. Mountain bike rides for all as well. Staff friendly and very helpful. Well worth a visit an tour.
  • You must visit here if staying anywhere near. 80,000 acres of grounds with walks. Formal gardens which are delightful and dog friendly, and fabulous art and history in this stately home which is still in use today, all brought to life by knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide on a tour which takes about an hour.
  • During the guided tour you will enjoy discovering a magnificent villa full of art masterpieces. After the tour, a quick bite at the bar/restaurant is also recommended.

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Where to stay in Dumfries

As Dumfries is just a small city within the Dumfries and Galloway region, the city itself is somewhat limited on places to stay. You'll find a handful of mid-range to high-end hotels in the city--if you're intent on being based in Dumfries, it's best to book early to avoid disappointment. Otherwise, there are plenty of options in nearby cities and towns such as Sanquhar, Lockerbie, Auchencairn, and Thornhill.
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