While it would be tempting to simply spend a few tranquil days in Dabton House and its gardens alone, the surrounding area is home to some of Scotland’s most beautiful rural landscapes.
Located in the heart of the Queensberry Estate, there is an abundance of activities for all tastes. And with Drumlanrig Castle a short drive away, you can delve further into the fascinating Buccleuch family history, be inspired by the extensive art collection and explore acres of stunning Victorian gardens.
Dumfries & Galloway
Further afield, the Dumfries & Galloway region is full of interest with wide ranging scope for rural adventures, from undulating coastlines, to stunning mountains and forests, charming towns, villages, cycle routes, walks and golf courses. You can try gold panning at Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village, or watersports at Loch Ken, even Alpaca Trekking at Castle Douglas.
South West Scotland is also renowned for its strong cultural arts scene: Dabton House lies in the heart of ‘Burns country’ and the renowned Robert Burns Heritage Trail features numerous local sites linked to the poet and his celebrated works, including his home at Ellisland Farm; near to the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar, you can explore the Crawick Multiverse, a local land art installation by Charles Jencks; the Kirkudbright Arts & Crafts trail highlights a wealth of regional artistic talent; and the Wigtown Book Festival is one of the UK’s best-loved literary events.
From seasonal sporting trips to summer holidays and cosy winter retreats, Dabton House has much to offer all year round.