Walking and Hiking Routes

You’ll find walks to keep your whole family happy in the grounds at Drumlanrig Castle in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. There are several way-marked trails, ranging from 2km to 5km that follow the original paths built during the Victorian era. They will lead you through a variety of habitats and features that make Drumlanrig so unique. See if you can spot one of our red squirrels while you’re enjoying the outdoor life.

Drumlanrig Walking and Hiking Routes 2017

Bringing your dog

Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead or under close control at all times. Remember it is important to keep them on the paths as dogs running loose can cause considerable disturbance to wildlife and farm animals. Please follow the code:

  • Never let your dog worry or attack farm animals.
  • Don’t take your dog into fields where there are lambs, calves or other young farm animals.
  • If you need to go into a field of farm animals, keep your dog(s) on a short lead or under close control and keep as far away as possible from the animals.
  • If cattle react aggressively and move towards you, keep calm, let the dog go and take the shortest, safest route out of the field.

For more information visit the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

A guide to walks at Drumlanrig Castle

To Beech Loch and Back

2km – purple way-markers.
Grade: easy.
Relax with a pleasant stroll through the mixed woodland next to the Castle. This walk will let all members of your group enjoy the outdoor sights and sounds without getting out of breath.

Enchanted Forest

2.5km – red way-markers.
Grade: easy.
Enjoy a short stroll through the mixed woodlands of Drumlanrig, past Beech and Coldstream Lochs, before looping around Kiln Knowe. From here it’s downhill all the way, passing Montagu Bridge before leading back to the Castle.

A Turn Along the Marr Burn

4km – blue way-markers.
Grade: moderate.
Journey through beautiful woodlands before arriving on the bank of the Marr Burn. Walk along to the soothing sound of rushing water, look out for the Victorian built St Geoffrey’s Bridge and wonder at the Andy Goldsworthy sandstone arch. Continue on past the remains of the turbine house and 18th century water cascade.

Castle View

5km – green way-markers.
Grade: strenuous.
You’ll begin this walk with a gradual climb to Mount Malloch. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent viewpoint overlooking the stunning Queensberry Estate and the River Nith. From here, your route continues past Starn Loch and the giant Wellingtonia trees before you enter Starn Cleuch, a reconstructed Victorian footpath which weaves its way through a steep gorge towards the end of the walk.

Places of special interest

Some of these walks pass places of special interest within the Drumlanrig Estate. Depending on the walk, look out for the Cascade, Beech Loch, the Heather Houses, the Chimney, the Leaping Arch and several stone bridges.

You can get full details of all the walks (and cycling/mountain biking routes too) by downloading this map before your visit. While you’re here, why not take a look around Drumlanrig’s beautiful gardens too? You can download a map of these here.

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