Castle opens its doors for the summer in year of architecture

4th July, 2016

The spectacular Drumlanrig Castle will open its majestic doors to visitors for the summer season from Friday 1st July.


The affectionately known ‘Pink Palace will open from 1st July through to 31st August for daily guided tours.


Often regarded as one of the finest examples of 17th Century Renaissance architecture in Scotland – and in Visit Scotland’s Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design – Drumlanrig Castle is a must-see this summer.

The grand reception rooms, magnificent staircases, ornate period features and cosy parlours give you an intimate taste of life through the centuries. The exquisite rooms themselves are home to stunning paintings, tapestries and objects d’art and many pieces from the internationally acclaimed Buccleuch Art Collection.


Claire Oram, Castle Manager at Drumlanrig Castle said: “In Visit Scotland’s national Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design we are thrilled to be opening the Castle for July and August for guided tours.


“The castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers as well as a host of treasures inside. Visitors can see artwork from Rembrandt’s Old Woman Reading to family portraits by Thomas Gainsborough, landscapes by Paul Sandby and the Dutch masters, plus cartoons by Rowlandson amid the finest furnishings and antiques.


“Our guided tours are always incredibly popular so we look forward to welcoming visitors to The Castle throughout July and August.”


The Castle is the stunning Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry.


Guided tours start each day from 11am, with the last tour at 4pm (approx. 1 hour).

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate also has an array of fun activities for all the family to enjoy this summer including the Stableyard with café and shops, weekly Yoga sessions, Ranger activities and outdoor theatre performances.