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The Queensberry Estate is situated astride the valley of the River Nith in Dumfries and Galloway, with Drumlanrig Castle at its heart.  Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig, King Robert the Bruce’s right hand man, was the founder of what later became the Queensberry Estate as it is today.  The present Castle was built of local sandstone from 1679 to 1691 on the site of an old Douglas stronghold.  It is built around an open courtyard with a circular staircase tower in each corner. Drumlanrig is one of the first and most important Renaissance buildings in Scottish domestic architecture. The imposing house and lovingly nurtured grounds of the 83,000 acre Queensberry Estate stand as testament to the experience and expertise with which we manage properties in our care.

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Tourism and Hospitality
Drumlanrig Castle is widely regarded as a jewel in the crown of Scotland’s tourism industry, attracting tens of thousands of UK and international visitors annually. Open from late March through to the end of September, Drumlanrig offers visitors guided tours of the Castle which has historically been the home of some renowned artworks including pieces by Da Vinci and Rembrandt.

Surrounding the Castle there are 40 acres of gardens to explore, outdoor activities such as mountain biking and walking trails plus field sports, chiefly game shooting and fishing.

The Castle Tearoom serves locally sourced produce and is complemented with the Stables Café, a larger space which can be hired for groups or special functions, and the Stableyard Studios, an arts and crafts workshop and retail outlet.

Drumlanrig Castle’s extensive woodlands and river and loch environments are home to a huge variety of wildlife from the native red squirrel to roe deer, badgers, otters and abundant birdlife. The dedicated Countryside Ranger Service at Drumlanrig run a full programme of ranger-led events to help visitors experience and learn about Drumlanrig’s flora and fauna.

Drumlanrig Castle hosts a year-round programme of events from the hugely popular Galloway Country Fair to the Drumlanrig Christmas Fair and ‘Carols in the Castle’ to the annual Buccleuch Property Challenge. In September 2013, Drumlanrig Castle also hosted the finish line of the Scottish Stage of cycling’s Tour of Great Britain.

Drumlanrig Castle is available as a venue for weddings and special events and the Castle and Queensberry Estate are available as a unique location for filmmakers and photographers. The Hollywood thriller ‘Under the Skin’, starring Scarlett Johansson and released October 2013, used Queensberry Estate as a location.
Tourism and Hospitality
Tourism and Hospitality
Drumlanrig Castle is widely regarded as a jewel in the crown of Scotland’s tourism industry, attracting tens of thousands of UK and international visitors annually. Open from late March through to the end of September, Drumlanrig offers visitors guided tours of the Castle which has historically been the home of some renowned artworks including pieces by Da Vinci and Rembrandt.

Surrounding the Castle there are 40 acres of gardens to explore, outdoor activities such as mountain biking and walking trails plus field sports, chiefly game shooting and fishing.

The Castle Tearoom serves locally sourced produce and is complemented with the Stables Café, a larger space which can be hired for groups or special functions, and the Stableyard Studios, an arts and crafts workshop and retail outlet.

Drumlanrig Castle’s extensive woodlands and river and loch environments are home to a huge variety of wildlife from the native red squirrel to roe deer, badgers, otters and abundant birdlife. The dedicated Countryside Ranger Service at Drumlanrig run a full programme of ranger-led events to help visitors experience and learn about Drumlanrig’s flora and fauna.

Drumlanrig Castle hosts a year-round programme of events from the hugely popular Galloway Country Fair to the Drumlanrig Christmas Fair and ‘Carols in the Castle’ to the annual Buccleuch Property Challenge. In September 2013, Drumlanrig Castle also hosted the finish line of the Scottish Stage of cycling’s Tour of Great Britain.

Drumlanrig Castle is available as a venue for weddings and special events and the Castle and Queensberry Estate are available as a unique location for filmmakers and photographers. The Hollywood thriller ‘Under the Skin’, starring Scarlett Johansson and released October 2013, used Queensberry Estate as a location.
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Field Sports
The magnificent landscape of the Queensberry Estate offers the backdrop for world renowned game shooting, including drives for partridge, pheasant and grouse. The River Nith offers salmon and sea trout fishing on a 10.5 mile beat through Queensberry Estate and, during the winter months, fishing for grayling. The Estate’s five well-stocked trout lochs offer rainbow and wild brown trout fishing while a further two lochs offer coarse fishing. A meticulous conservation programme helps maintain stocks and allows the natural ecosystem to thrive.
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Agriculture
The Queensberry Estate has thousands of acres of farmland, with a range of in-hand and tenanted operations. There is extensive sheep farming on the hill and lowland areas and the Estate is renowned for its beef production.

We have a strong community of tenant farmers, operating a variety of farming business, primarily focused on livestock.

If you’d like to know more about tenant or in-hand farming click on the link below
Forestry
The woodlands on the Queensberry Estate are more than a picturesque setting for Drumlanrig Castle: they also are an environmental haven and a profitable enterprise. Managing a resource with such potentially competing elements is a balancing act that requires planning, experience and hard work.

Our expert woodland management team oversee 8,600 acres of mixed forestry. Production of hardwood, spruce and larch ranges from the highest quality timber to woodchips for renewable energy production.

Many interesting species thrive in the forest, including woodland flowers, fungi and red squirrels.

Our team can offer advice and practical help on many aspects of woodland management.
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Energy
As on all our Estates, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and are actively investigating sustainable energy opportunities. This makes commercial as well as environmental sense: running a large estate demands a lot of energy, and the more we can produce ourselves, the better.

Our strategies range from the managed use of traditional resources such as coal, to the introduction of new technologies, including biomass, solar and anaerobic digestion.
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Property
There are many properties available for rental across the Queensberry Estate, including farm lets, country cottages and business premises. These are maintained to a first-class standard by our dedicated repair and construction team.

From time to time we also offer properties for sale.