Three Must-See Attractions in the South of Scotland

The South of Scotland has so much to offer visitors. From Castles to Houses, adventure sports to family activities, with some amazing places to stay too. You may already be familiar with Drumlanrig but do you know we have links to two other South of Scotland attractions – Bowhill House & Grounds and Dalkeith Country Park?

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Family Ties

Drumlanrig Castle, Bowhill House and Dalkeith Country Park are all owned by the Duke of Buccleuch and share a passion for the great outdoors, excellent family days out and for sharing their remarkable history and art collection.

Bowhill House

Bowhill House & Grounds, nestled in the stunning Scottish Borders, is truly a hidden gem. You can enjoy the picturesque grounds at the Easter fortnight and from June to end of August. Discover lochs inspired by Sir Walter Scott, waymarked walks, the romantic ruins of Newark Tower and the kids favourite – the Adventure Playground. Self-catering holiday accommodation is also available within the Grounds.

The House, home to part of the world-renowned Buccleuch Art Collection is the perfect place to enjoy art, exquisite furniture, fascinating family history and inspiring interiors all under one roof on a fascinating guided tour.

Bowhill is closed in 2024 for essential maintenance but sign up to their newsletter to be one of the first to visit after the rewire. 

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.

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Drumlanrig Castle

The adventure starts the minute you turn up the tree-lined drive and discover the imposing, but beautiful, view of the Castle. In July and August you can 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.

But don’t miss the great outdoors. Explore the large Castle Gardens from 1 March to the end of October, the kids will love the Adventure Playground! Enjoy a Garden Tour. Wander the way-marked walks and cycle quiet country roads all year round. You can even enjoy traditional country pursuits and simulated game days. With so much to see and do, why not make a break of it and enjoy our stunning holiday cottages and apartments.

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