Winter activities at Drumlanrig

24th November, 2015

The 2015 season may have officially finished on a record-breaking high; but the fun won’t stop at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate over the winter months.

With fishing, Junior Ranger activities and festive fun on the agenda – as well as the usual stunning walks and chance to use the Estate’s mountain bike trails – there’s plenty to do during the off-season.

Keen fishermen – and women – who wish to extend their season beyond the close of the salmon season at the end of November can try their hand at grayling fishing.

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate gives access to 10.5 miles of the river Nith, with four beats on the river and approximately 40 pools available.

For further information on fishing at the Estate, availability and booking, please call 01848 600415 or email [email protected]

Budding rangers and young lovers of the outdoors can still take part in Drumlanrig’s Junior Ranger programme. Youngsters aged 12-16 years can undertake a variety of practical tasks, and learn to identify the abundance of local wildlife. Led by Buccleuch Rangers, these will take place on the second Saturday of each month, beginning 9 January 2016.

For further information or to book a place on the programme, please call 01848 331 555 or email [email protected].

And with the countdown to Christmas under way, Drumlanrig Castle prepares to host an evening of songs, tunes and festive entertainment from Dumfriesshire’s own multi-award winning Scottish folksinger, Emily Smith. With Jamie McClennan (fiddle, guitar, vocals) and Matheu Watson (guitars, viola), Emily will perform songs from her sixth solo album ‘Songs for Christmas’ as part of her tour.

Enjoy mince pies and mulled wine at the concert on Sunday 6 December along with ancient Scots songs, soulful American ballads and favourite Christmas Carols.

Tickets for Songs for Christmas are £15.00. To book, please call 01848 331555 or pop in to the Drumlanrig Castle office.

Anna Fergusson, Visitor Services Centre Manager at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, said: “Even though the Castle and certain areas of the Estate are closed following our record-breaking season, we’re still welcoming visitors who wish to take part in fishing and Junior Ranger activities. It may be getting chilly, but the Estate is beautiful during the winter so it’s worth braving the cold to make the most of these activities, as well as our walking and mountain bike trails.

“We’re also delighted to be hosting Emily Smith in December to ensure some festive cheer in the run-up to Christmas – an evening we’re sure those coming along will enjoy immensely.”