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Review of Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle
Ranked #4 of 51 things to do in Dumfries
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Set on the spectacular 80,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park and Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle presents one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland and an internationally renowned art collection. Beyond the castle are over 40 acres of enchanting gardens and a wide range of activities including walking, mountain biking, adventure playground, wildlife watching, Scottish Cycle Museum, Landrover tours, Ranger-led walks, events programme as well as shopping and catering.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 20 March 2010

As well as the romantic Renaissance castle, you will find a huge adventure playground, a fine restaurant, splendid gardens, interesting walks, and links to Oscar Wilde and bin Laden.

Drumlanrig was built by William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensberry. It was completed in 1691.

Drumlanrig Castle is the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry.

It is surrounded by 120,000 acres of park and gardens.

Leonardo da Vinci's The Madonna and the Yarnwinder, worth around £30 million, was stolen from Drumlanrig in 2003.

James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry was very influential in bringing about the Treaty of Union in 1707. The same evening the 2nd Duke was signing the Act of Union, his son, the Earl of Drumlanrig, is said to have roasted a servant boy on a spit in an oven in the kitchens of his house in Edinburgh.

A recent biography of Oscar Wilde claims that Wilde's trial and imprisonment was a cover up for a gay affair between the UK Prime Minister, the Earl of Rosebery, and Viscount Drumlanrig.

Ambrose Carey, the son of David Harrington Angus Douglas, 12th Marquess of Queensberry, married the late Salem bin Laden, prior head of the global Bin Laden family corporation.

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Reviewed 1 November 2009

We decided to visit Drumlanrig castle, home of the Stewarts , on an impulse, knowing absolutely nothing about it. We were overwhelmed by its grandeur, standing in massive splendour at the end of a long broad drive. It was built in the Seventeenth century and we particularly wanted to visit the art gallery with a Reubens and a Leonardo in it. . The house was most imposing, even palatial, and made me feel quite Communistic and angry about the wealth some families acquired whilst others remained in poverty.
The entrance fee was on the high side, and we were debating whether to pay it or just turn back. To our disappointment the house itself was closed but the gate-man was happy to let us in for a sandwich lunch and browse the many gift shops inside. We strolled in the Victorian garden, which was pretty and well maintained There was even a bicycle museum in the converted stables.

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Reviewed 4 August 2009

Thoroughly enjoyed the castle, tour anround was very interesting and pitched for all levels. Kids and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed it. You could spend a full day there with many interesting and fun things to do. Kids particularly enjoyed the forest adventure play area and the adults too. Fantastic cook shop which had wonderful displays of scottish cookery and delicious products to purchase. A truly wonderful day was had by all.

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