Ranger Service

Our dedicated and experienced Countryside Ranger Service is on the Queensberry Estate to help you get the very best from our countryside.


Our Rangers monitor and survey the diverse wildlife living here on the estate, and they take action if there is a threat to the survival of a particular species. This includes installing bird- and bat-boxes, controlling grey squirrels and managing public access to prevent disturbance to breeding species.


Our Rangers work with schools to develop a greater understanding of the working country estate, conservation efforts and our wildlife. Schools can take part in a wide range of activities in line with the current curriculum, which make learning about the countryside an engaging and enjoyable experience.


Our Ranger Service provides a range of facilities including way-marked walks, cycle routes and mountain bike trails that encourage visitors to get out and enjoy the fantastic countryside of the Queensberry Estate. Our main facilities are at Drumlanrig, Morton Castle and Defiance Wood Thornhill. Armed with a map, compass and suitable clothing you can enjoy a full day exploring on our extensive network of paths and trails throughout the Estate.


Throughout the year, our Rangers organise guided walks and talks to help you discover more about our natural habitat. The Rangers also co-ordinate the many outdoor events that we host. These include adventure races, mountain bike races, orienteering and car rallies. Have a look at our exciting list of Events throughout the season.

Ranger-Led Activities

Bring your visit to life by joining in one of our Ranger-led activities. These activities provide a greater understanding of our natural world and sometimes include getting involved in practical conservation on the Estate. You will learn new skills to enable you to discover the wildlife nearer to your home.

All our activities are included in the admission price unless otherwise stated. Find more details on our events page.

To make sure every visitor has a great experience, places are limited on our walks, so booking is essential.  Please contact the Castle office on 01848 331555 or via the contact us page.

Check out our full Events listings for details of all activities and events happening at Drumlanrig throughout our open season.

There’s so much to do at Drumlanrig that you might consider buying a Season Ticket, which gives you entry to the Country Estate and most of the activities above.  Some do have an additional cost.

Volunteer Opportunties:

Are you looking to learn new skills or put old ones to good use? Or perhaps you are just looking for an excuse to get out of the house? Either way, becoming a Volunteer Ranger with Buccleuch Ranger Service could provide you with the opportunity you have been looking for. Buccleuch Ranger Service are seeking Volunteer Rangers to assist with an array of projects. Access management, wildlife surveys and conservation projects are just some of the activities you can get involved with. All projects will be led be a member of the Buccleuch Ranger Service, who have many years experience within this field, and a wealth of knowledge that can be passed on.

To find out more about getting involved in projects at Drumlanrig Country Estate, then contact Buccleuch Ranger Service on 01848 331555 or email [email protected]

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