QUEENSBERRY ESTATE

Situated at the heart of the Queensberry Estate, nestled in the valley of the River Nith, Dumfries and Galloway, sits Drumlanrig Castle. Constructed of distinctive pink sandstone, the Castle houses remarkable artworks from the Buccleuch Collection and, together with its spectacular landscapes, attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually.

The estate supports a broad portfolio of thriving enterprises, including forestry and agriculture, residential and commercial property, renewable energy, hospitality, tourism, and sporting activities.

QUEENSBERRY ESTATE FORESTRY

Drumlanrig Castle sits within a spectacular scheduled design landscape, one of the largest in Scotland, over half of which is woodland. This must be maintained sensitively and to the highest standards of conservation for the enjoyment of future generations.

Buccleuch has a continuous commitment to the natural environment. Our colleagues look after a diverse range of woodlands across the wider Queensberry Estate which host several sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) and include Douglas Firs over 50m tall and a Giant Redwood grove. The forestry plantations are designed to consider the wider landscape and ensure biodiversity.

All the trees grown on Buccleuch’s rural estates deliver important carbon sequestration benefits and contribute to our wider net zero carbon objectives.

QUEENSBERRY ESTATE AGRICULTURE

Queensberry Estate’s in-hand farming operation includes significant sheep and cattle enterprises. Our colleagues across the estates are conscious of Buccleuch’s commitment to the environment and continually review operations to optimise their connection with existing eco-systems, which include a number of sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). The estate’s tenanted farms also provide agricultural opportunities for independent farmers, which further support families and employment within the local community.

Over recent years, our colleagues have been working closely with the Crichton Carbon Centre to research and restore degraded peatland sites across the estates.

QUEENSBERRY ESTATE RENEWABLE ENERGY

The exposed landscape of the Queensberry Estate offers strong potential for onshore wind generation. Buccleuch have helped facilitate a number of projects in the local area, including two turbines at Sanquhar now owned by the community benefit group Propel. In addition, the former opencast coal mine site at Glenmuckloch has planning for the development of a pumped storage hydro facility with 1,600 MWh storage capacity adjacent to a 33.6 MW windfarm.

On the estate, Drumlanrig Castle is wholly heated by renewable energy obtained from a biomass boiler.

QUEENSBERRY ESTATE HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM

Visitors to Queensberry Estate are welcomed on a tour of Drumlanrig Castle, during the open season, and can enjoy time in the beautiful gardens, which extend to some forty acres, while children can play the adventure playground. Those wishing to spend longer exploring the numerous walks and cycle trails, can book into one of the wonderful estate holiday cottages. The crowd-pleasing Galloway Country Fair is held each August in the shadow of Drumlanrig Castle, and the estate has been used as a film set for the popular television series Outlander.

Queensberry sporting

The dramatic upland scenery of the Queensberry Estate is the primary focus for Buccleuch’s sporting enterprise, attracting large numbers of visitors each year. There are opportunities throughout the calendar, including simulated game shooting and fishing on the estate’s network of lochs and rivers.

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