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Adventure awaits as Drumlanrig Castle opens for 2018

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Visitor season at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is just one week away and it is set for a bumper year suited to family days out, individual’s countryside pursuits and group travel trips.

Opening on Friday 30 March with its first family fun day of the season being an Easter egg-stravaganza on Sunday 1 April, the Estate team is encouraging visitors to pick up a season pass to make the most of everything on offer.

Situated at the heart of the Queensberry Estate and the beautiful landscapes of Nithsdale, Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate provides 90,000 acres to explore and boasts a jam-packed calendar of events for all ages and interests.

Drumlanrig’s Easter fun day kicks off the 2018 events and will be filled with activities to keep kids entertained from 11am-3pm on Easter Sunday. This includes a classic egg hunt, craft station, giant slide, ball pool and Minecraft bouncy castle. Team Challenge will also be on site with a 100ft assault course and laser clay pigeon shooting.

Throughout the season children can spend countless hours in the adventure playground and families, individuals and groups can explore the variety of walking and cycling trails at their leisure. The Estate also offers advanced mountain biking routes for those keen to take on a challenge.

There really is something for everyone at Drumlanrig Estate and its calendar throughout the season includes ranger activities, seasonal family events, open air theatre performances and yoga sessions with the picturesque Castle as a backdrop. Not to mention the biggest event in Dumfriesshire’s rural calendar – Galloway Country Fair – which takes place on 18 and 19 August at Drumlanrig.

For those looking to immerse themselves in the fascinating history, art and architecture of Drumlanrig, be sure to a book a guided Castle tour this season. Led by passionate experts, the tours are an opportunity to explore the grand reception rooms, magnificent staircases and ornate period features up close. Also as the Castle is home to part of the internationally renowned Buccleuch Art Collection – it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

Claire Oram, Castle Manager at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, said: “We can’t wait to kick start our 2018 season and welcome seasoned and new visitors to the Estate this year.

“Our experienced Rangers, Gardeners and Estate team take great pride in what they do and are always on hand to ensure all visitors can make the most out of their experience with us.  

“With some exciting new additions due to be announced soon, 2018 is set to be our best season yet.”

Entry to the Estate costs just £6.00 for adults, £3.50 for children aged 5-16 years, and under-5s go free. A small additional fee applies to take a Castle Tour. Alternatively, a season pass offering unlimited entry to the Estate during opening hours and exclusive discounts costs £20 for adults and £35 for families (two adults and three children).

Visitor season at Drumlanrig is from 10am – 5pm daily from Friday 30 March to Sunday 30 September 2018.

The Castle will be open for house tours 30 March – 2 April, 5 May – 7 May, 26 May – 28 May and then 1 July through to 30 August. The Estate remains open throughout the year.

Visit www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk for further information and keep track of what’s happening at Drumlanrig via the Facebook page @DrumlanrigCastle.