Immerse yourself in history at majestic Drumlanrig Castle. The finely hewn red sandstone gives the ‘Pink Palace’ its affectionate name. It also adds to the beauty of what is regarded as one of the finest examples of 17th Century Renaissance architecture in Scotland. As you stand beneath the Castle’s imposing façade you’ll take in the same breathtaking views across the Nith Valley. It was these views that convinced the first Duke of Queensberry to build his ancestral home here.
And if you think it’s beautiful on the outside, wait until you see what’s waiting for you inside. The grand reception rooms, magnificent staircases, ornate period features and cosy parlours give you an intimate taste of life through the centuries.
The Buccleuch Collection
The exquisite rooms in Drumlanrig are home to stunning paintings, tapestries and objets d’art with many pieces from the internationally acclaimed Buccleuch Art Collection. Created over many generations and five centuries by the Montagu, Douglas and Scott forbears of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry, it is internationally recognised as one of the most important in the country. Pride of place goes to Rembrandt’s An Old Woman Reading, but there is also a lot more to discover.
The Douglas Family
Visit Drumlanrig Castle and you’ll immerse yourself in over 600 years of The Douglas Family’s history. The story began in the 14th Century when William, the son of James, 2nd Earl of Drumlanrig (who died at Otterburn in 1388) became the 1st Laird of Drumlanrig. However, the Castle is now the stunning Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry linking the Douglas history to that of the Scotts of Buccleuch, and also the Montagus of Boughton.
Drumlanrig Guide Book
The new, lavishly illustrated and expanded third edition of Drumlanrig: The Castle, its People and its Paintings is now available to buy in hardback. Introduced by the present Duke of Buccleuch, this fascinating read brings to life Drumlanrig’s magnificent history and world-renowned art collection. It features some wonderful photography by Fritz von der Schulenburg, David George, Walter Dalkeith and Matthijs de Vos. A preview is available here,