Set in the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, complete with a country park and Victorian gardens, this 17th century castle is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in the country. The Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, Drumlanrig Castle with its magnificent rooms and spectacular collections of silver, porcelain, French furniture and art – including Rembrandt’s Old Woman Reading – is perhaps one of the most rewarding and romantic of Scotland’s great houses.
Spend a day exploring the estate on foot and you can choose from short trails to more strenuous way marked paths. The numerous trails, which range from 1.5km to 7km, follow an extensive network of paths and tracks – some of which date from the Victorian period. Or why not explore the scenic cycle tracks and off-road mountain bike trails? There is a trail to suit every ability and interest from technical single-track routes, to swooping family trails through the beautiful Drumlanrig woodlands, to scenic country back roads. Bikes and trailer hire is available.
Drumlanrig Castle is located just 19 miles (38 minutes) from Holiday Inn Dumfries Hotel.
The Samye Ling Tibetan Centre
The Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, in the Scottish borders, has an international reputation as the “home of Tibetan culture in exile”. Explore Europe’s biggest and oldest Tibetan Buddhist religious centre in Dumfries and Galloway while staying at Holiday Inn Dumfries.
The Samye Ling Tibetan Centre is the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery built in the West (1968). The colourful prayer flags and the red and gold of the temple itself are a striking contrast to the stark grey and green landscape. You can visit the centre during the day (donation suggested, cafe on site). There are also meditation courses and weekend workshops available.
Located just 14 minutes away from our hotel Caerlaverock Castle is a beautiful day out for all.
Although ruined, Caerlaverock is still a substantial structure and you can explore many different features within its unique triangular ground plan. The castle’s turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into the brutal cross-border conflicts and you can enjoy a fascinating siege warfare exhibition complete with reconstructions of medieval siege engines.
After exploring the castle enjoy delicious home baking and freshly ground coffee in the castle’s tearoom which is open during the summer and at weekends in the winter. Little adventurers will love the castle-themed adventure park and if one castle is not enough for you, you will find the foundations of another, earlier, castle visible at the end of a nature trail through the woods to the south.
Join Mostly Ghostly for a terrifying tour around darkest Dumfries… Where you will be transported as far back in time as the 14th century, with a promise you’ll never see Dumfries in the same light again… Led by real-life paranormal investigators, the Dumfries Ghost Walk is a darkly intriguing experience – quite simply a must-do for anyone interested in curious characters, harrowing history and spine-tingling ghost lore!
Tour starts at 9pm every Wednesday throughout September, Meet at The Dumfries Midsteeple
For more information contact: Enquiries – 07791 047835 or 07912 145865
At the 2014 Scottish Hotel Awards, Holiday Inn Dumfries was awarded the title “Business Hotel of the Year” for the Southwest of Scotland. The event was presented at a sell-out gala dinner in Edinburgh attended by over 500 hoteliers and their guestsare Scotland’s most comprehensive awards programme for the hotel and accommodation industry.
Established in 2003, this year they were divided into nine regions with the Hotel of the Year selected from the overall national winners of the main categories. Awards were presented by Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.
Holiday Inn Dumfries, which was re-branded to Holiday Inn on the 16th of June, took the Regional Hotel Business top prize at the 2014 Scottish Hotel Awards in Edinburgh on Sunday night.
Mel Darwell, General Manager of Holiday Inn Dumfries said: “We are honoured to have received the award. It strengthens our brand reputation and recognition in the area and industry as a whole. The award would not have been possible without the involvement of management and staff in every department – the lifeblood to our hotels success.
Preet Ahluwalia, Director of Dominvs Group, says “With the industry leading and personalized service required to be presented with this award, I am confident our team and hotel will continue its impressive growth in quality of service and offerings to hopefully receive more awards like this in the coming years”.