Storytelling at Drumlanrig Castle

It’s undeniable, a visit to Drumlanrig Castle wouldn’t be the same without our team of storytellers – our knowledgeable, experienced Castle Tour Guides. But it’s not the training that makes them stand out. It’s their general love for history, the Castle, the Collections and their passion for sharing their knowledge with the public.

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Why I love being a Castle Tour Guide

Don’t just take it from us. Hear it in the words of Moira who has been a Guide at Drumlanrig for six years.

“The Three Best Things about being a Guide …

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1. The Setting

Going to work, not in an office, but in one of the finest and most beautiful castles in Scotland (in one of the most beautiful locations). And, being paid to spend my day wandering around, literally surrounded by Drumlanrig’s extraordinary history, art and antiques. I love the feeling of walking in the footsteps of those who have gone before …

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2. The Atmosphere

On the more practical side, it’s great working in such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with a wonderfully diverse team of people of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone is both enthusiastic about what they do and ready to lend a hand, wherever and whenever it’s needed. Help and support are never far away, no matter where you are in the building.

3. The Variety

The fact that no two days – indeed no two tours – are ever the same. It’s not a case of plodding around day after day repeating the same script over and over again (which is the reason, of course, that so many people say they hate guided tours). I have the freedom to deliver the story of the family, the house and its stunning contents as I please. As long as I cover the basic points, I can take it in any direction I want. I don’t think I’ve ever given the same tour twice because no two tour groups are the same, so weighing up your audience and thinking on your feet is an essential skill. Within the basic framework of the tour, there is huge freedom to ‘do your own thing’.”

Why Should People Consider Becoming a Guide?

For anyone who has even a passing interest in history, art and/or antiques, it’s an unparalleled opportunity to broaden and deepen your interests.

Very few people have the chance we do to get so close to paintings, furniture and objets d’art of such world importance (you’ll find fascinating, valuable things just propped up casually in corners!), and it’s a very low stress way of doing it.

You aren’t thrown in at the deep end, but encouraged to learn at your own speed, settle in and then start leading tours gradually. You will perhaps just start with one room you feel comfortable talking about. Your hand is held until you’re ready to fly solo – and even then – you’ll have another guide with you, ‘shepherding’ the tour, who can bail you out if your mind goes blank (and believe me, that happens to everyone – even those of us who have been doing it for years!).”

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