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Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is one of the historic seats belonging to the family of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as being home to part of an internationally renowned art collection (Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, as well as landscapes by Paul Sandby and the Dutch masters). Here there is a wealth of experiences on offer for all visitors, whether you simply wish to tour the castle or explore the extensive 90,000-acre grounds of the estate, be that on foot, bike or on a Land Rover tour led by part of the Ranger team. Drumlanrig Castle Although we went to try out one of the cycle trails, our visit coincided with a farmers’ market held in the castle stableyards, despite there being just four of these held each year. We had a quick look around at the produce on offer which included everything from hairy beast burgers to haggis pies. Drumlanrig farmers market 2 Drumlanrig farmers market Also in the stableyards, you will find a shop, small information centre, café and bike shop (run by the ever-helpful Rik of Rik’s Bike Shed). Within the grounds there is cycling for all abilities. We took a 13-kilometre green route that took us alongside a river and small loch, before climbing up towards some beautiful open scenery. Drumlanrig cycle trail Drumlanrig view Drumlanrig cycle trail sign Drumlanrig view 2 Drumlanrig view 3 After a leisurely descent, the end of the route even co-incided with the finish of the Scottish stage of the 2013 Tour of Britain, finishing at the castle entrance. Drumlanrig Castle run-in For more advanced mountain bikers, there are blue, red and even black trails that you can follow. Our outing on the bikes was followed by a well-earned visit to the café, and then a very short cycle that took us past the oldest sycamore tree in the UK (over 300 years old) and on to an excellent woodland adventure playground – a haven of fun for children – with rope bridges, climbing frames, swings and slides. Drumlanrig playground Disclosure: The above formed part of a luxury Scotland mountain bike trip sponsored by Caledonian MacBrayne, Ridgeback and Madison.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. I’m not much of a cyclists, mainly because I don’t like cycling on the roads but this would be perfect. I’d love to explore the cycle paths. I also enjoy a good farmers’ market, there’s always something to tempt me, maybe even a hairy beast burger!!

  2. This look like an awesome place to go cycling. We have just recently started getting serious about cycling, regularly heading on 20-30 mile rides but unfortunately we don’t have the scenery here in Arkansas as there clearly is in Scotland. Looking forward to getting some bikes and exploring next time we are there. Maybe when we visit for the Ryder Cup in September we can take some time to check out these trails.

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