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Sunday, 8 June 2008

Drumlanrig Castle & Gardens

The estate of Drumlanrig lies 14 miles north of Dumfries.

Home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry since its completion in 1691. The historic scottish castle, constructed from local pink sandstone and set on a hill (Drum) at the end of a long (lang) ridge (rig), affords visitors beautiful views across Nithsdale to rolling hills and woodlands.

The castle externally has graceful curves of the horseshoe staircase and the arches of the lower colonnade contrast with the hard straight lines of the main structure; the rich stone carvings over the windows of the Castle further help to soften the sense of fortress severity.

Whilst the castle internally is brimming with treasures; fine paintings and furniture, carvings, tapestries and silverware dating from a bygone age of oppulence.

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