Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland is a piece of history, a work of art and a place for entertainment on the Scottish Queensberry Estate in Dumfries and Galloway. The “Pink Palace” owes its name to its 17th Century Renaissance architecture and is home to the Duke of Queensberry.
The Estate boasts 90,000 acres, a large diversity of landscapes to select from for outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, biking, hunting and yoga. Game shooting and fishing are favoured activities within the natural setting on the estate. Its gardens surrounding the castle are a testament to its engagement with the Scottish Natural Heritage foundation in its endeavour to retain the outdoors as part of Scottish culture. They equally source part of the locally grown ingredients used in the garden kitchen to serve the Castle tearoom.
The size and charm of the castle can be felt by its sheer scale with 120 rooms as well as its distinctive towers and turrets. It was recently used for the setting of the televised series Outlander during the shooting of season 2. The Castle`s history has furnished it with a rich art collection including Rembrandt`s Old Lady Reading, a collection of Paul Sandby`s landscapes and portraits such as Thomas Gainsborough’s. But equally antiques and furniture worthy of Drumlanrig’s legacy make it an interesting site to visit.
Events and activities are geared towards the seasons, focussing mainly on outdoor activities during the summer including family orientated ones, a playground, group cycling, and countryside fairs. However, the castle closes for the winter season but still offers tours of the Castle all year round. The Castle even has a newsletter to keep potential visitors informed.
The Castle provides a range of services in way of private events such as weddings, corporate events, film and photo shooting. Accessibility is an important issue of concern for the hosts, offering full castle access to those with disabilities, providing wheel chairs and personal assistance on booking and inquiry. The Castle`s website is a useful point of information, detailing how to make your way there using different methods of transportation. It further explains the range of activities possible and even shares maps of the estate and castle to help with orientation whether walking, cycling or driving.
Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, DG3 4AQ, Scotland
Open 24 hours of the day