Dabton Garden, Thornhill

Just a few minutes from Drumlanrig Castle, you’ll find beautiful gardens at Dabton House, the private residence of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. The gardens are open for private visits by arrangement and under Scotland’s Garden Scheme every two years.

Dabton Garden is open this year (2019) under Scotland’s Gardens on Sunday, 26th May, from 2pm to 5pm, with beneficiaries this year being The Upper Nithsdale Youth Pipe Band, who will entertain on the day. Afternoon teas are served in the Courtyard and there will be plants available for sale.

What you’ll see

Dabton is a beautiful 19th century house built of pink sandstone surrounded by almost two acres of garden. You’ll find an extensive Walled Garden, herbaceous borders 95 yards long, roses, island beds, shrubs and a natural stream running through it. There are also ponds with azaleas and primulas, a vegetable garden, greenhouse and woodland walk for you to enjoy.

Private visits

We’re delighted to welcome private visits to Dabton by prior arrangement. On the day, Dabton’s Head Gardener, John Candlish, will give a brief talk about the gardens on your arrival. It is £3 per head per person and we recommend an hour for your visit, depending on the weather. There are toilet facilities. Wheelchair access is slightly limited.


Should you have any queries, or wish to book a visit, please contact Mrs.P.M. Hunter, Dabton, Thornhill, DG3 5AR or call 01848 330467.

Location: Dabton, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, DG3 5AR. You’ll find the entrance off the A76 between Thornhill and Carronbridge.