Drumlanrig Castle is situated on the Queensberry
Estate in southern Scotland, 19 miles north of
Dumfries off the A76 road, 4 miles north of
the village of Thornhill.
The castle grounds are open all year round for
visits with a small entry fee. Tours of the castle
can be booked all year round for parties. Individual
visits to the castle are available certain times in
the year, view the website for dates.
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Drumlanrig is popular for its tours of the castle,
art collection, cafe, shop, scenic gardens and estate
walking, biking with bike hire available, vintage
bike collection, kids play, fishing, shooting, and
Land Rover tours into the hills.
Drumlanrig Castle was built in the 1680s for the
first Duke of Queensberry, William Douglas, of the
mighty Douglas Clan.
The present owners are the Duke and Duchess of
Buccleuch and Queensberry.
The castle holds part of the Buccleuch art
collection, with Rembrandt’s An Old Woman Reading and
Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna of the Yarnwinder being
Madonna of the
Yarnwinder was stolen in 2003. This 1500s
painting had been bought in the 1700s by the third
Duke of Buccleuch.
2003 August 27th - about 11am, two men acting as
tourists took the £30 million masterpiece from a wall
in Drumlanrig Castle and took off in an old
2007 September - John Scott, 9th Duke of Buccleuch
dies aged 84. His title and estate passed to his son
Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch.
2007 October, the Liverpool based private
detectives Robbie Graham and John Doyle claimed they
had found the painting in Liverpool and set up a deal
to return the painting for a reward.
Police investigating the return of the painting
charged Graham, Doyle and the solicitor Marshall
Ronald, acting on their behalf, with extortion.
2010 March - the trial at the High Court in
Edinburgh found Graham, Doyle and Ronald not guilty
of conspiring to extort money for the return of the
The three men cleared in court have since claimed
they are entitled to a reward, or money agreed would
have been paid for the return of the painting. There
are ongoing court cases concerning this issue.
The theft of the painting let to it becoming one
of the most famous in the world. The painting is now
often loaned out to galleries around the world for
Famous people to stay at the castle include Bonnie
Prince Charlie in 1745, and the astronaut Neil
Armstrong in 1971. The Prince Charlie bedroom is now
one of the top attractions in the castle.
The castle was used as a hospital during WWI, and
housed girls of St Denis School in Edinburgh during
John Scott, 9th Duke of
Buccleuch 1923 - 2007 was claimed to have been
the largest landowner in the UK, and most interesting
member of the Clan. He was often seen with Princess
Margaret, leading to rumours he was to marry the
princess. The end of the Royal romance led to the
Duke marrying the top fashion model Jane McNeill in