Three Must-See Attractions for History Lovers

The South of Scotland has so much to offer history lovers. From Castles to Houses, Abbey’s to Towers, we really are spoilt for choice. But it’s the people and their stories that make it truly remarkable. And at Drumlanrig we are lucky to share our story with two other South of Scotland attractions – Bowhill House and Dalkeith Country Park.

Autumn and Castle turrets

Family Ties

Drumlanrig Castle, Bowhill House and Dalkeith Country Park are all owned by the Duke of Buccleuch – whose family name is Montagu Douglas Scott.

The Montagu connection comes from family ties around Northamptonshire’s Boughton House. The Douglas and Scott parts of the name very much linked to the rumbustious ‘reiving’ history of the South of Scotland; where family feuds, rivalries and connections all help to bring the rich history of the area to life!

Drumlanrig Castle is the Douglas tie, with Dalkeith Country Park, and Bowhill House the connections to the Scotts.

These fascinating family ties, linked with world-class art, heritage, stunning country estates and a forward-thinking ethos make the attractions a must-see for history lovers.


Bowhill House

Bowhill House, nestled in the stunning Scottish Borders, is truly a hidden gem. The House, home to part of the world-renowned Buccleuch Art Collection, is only open to the public in August and selected dates. However it opens exclusively to private tours and groups all year. Enjoy art, exquisite furniture, fascinating family history and inspiring interiors. And, of course, the tranquil grounds. Discover lochs inspired by Sir Walter Scott, waymarked walks, the romantic ruins of Newark Tower and the kids favourite – the Adventure Playground. Holiday accommodation is also available within the Grounds.

Restoration Yard at Dalkeith Country Park

Dalkeith Country Park

Dalkeith Country Park is 1,000 acres of history, walks, wellness, shopping, food and adventure, all in a beautiful setting just a few miles from Edinburgh. There is something for everyone. Enjoy family fun in Fort Douglas Adventure Park. Find your thrills in Go Ape. Walk our waymarked trails to take in the beauty of the Park. Or head into Restoration Yard to eat in the award-winning restaurant, shop happy in The Store, or restore yourself in the wellbeing studio.

Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle is one of the finest examples of 17th Century Renaissance architecture in Scotland. Join friendly guides on a Castle Tour and discover the tall tales of the Douglas family including the ‘Braveheart’ story. Family history, astonishing art (including a Rembrandt) and remarkable rooms all combine to ensure a five-star experience for all. Tours are available on selected dates to the public or all year, by appointment, for private bookings and groups.

And don’t miss the great outdoors. Explore the large Castle Gardens. Wander the way-marked walks. Cycle quiet country roads. Enjoy traditional country pursuits. With so much to see and do, why not make a break of it and enjoy our stunning holiday cottages and apartments.

Find Out More

Whether you would like to visit as an individual or arrange to bring a group, we are happy to help. We could even help you create an itinerary to visit all three must-see attractions!

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