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 worth £millions.
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 Volkswagen Golf.
2007 September - John Scott, 9th Duke of
Buccleuch dies aged 84. His title and estate
passed to his son Richard Scott, 10th Duke of
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
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 painting.