Family Breaks at Dabton this May

As the flowers bloom and the sun graces us with its warmth, Dabton offers a unique blend of tradition, outdoor delights and luxurious living throughout the month of May. Join us for a long weekend or stay a week or more – each day brings new adventures and unforgettable experiences.

Dabton Gardens

Glorious Gardens

With spring well underway and signs of summer only a few blossoms away, Dabton’s private Gardens bloom with an array of colours and scents, heavenly to explore.

From the vivid colours of the Greenhouse to the enchanting cherry blossom tree, the gardens offer a peaceful retreat, where families can enjoy the simple pleasures of nature.

To discover more about the gardens, join Head Gardener John for a private tour where he will share some of his secrets of creating and maintaining such a beautiful landscape.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living

Make the most of the spring sunshine, and gather friends together for lawn games and dining in the garden. Serve up a game of tennis on the grass court accompanied by a glass of Pimm’s, unleash a competitive streak with a game of  a country-house classic- croquet. Or, relax and watch the sunset whilst playing boules.

The lighter nights of May allow for Al Fresco dining on the patio and cooking on the BBQ, before retreating indoors as the sun dips beyond the horizon.

Scenic Spring

Dabton’s beautiful landscape offers unlimited spots for the whole family to unwind. Book lovers can enjoy a few chapters of an interesting novel in the Library, looking out onto the freshly cut lawn. Artists can let their creative juices flow, painting pieces based on the beautiful sights of the Gardens and mini-adventurers can explore the nooks and crannies of the Estate.

Visit Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate

Less than 10 minutes from Dabton House, sister-property, Drumlanrig Castle is a fortress of family activity, open daily throughout the month of May.

Drumlanrig Castle

Gardens & Adventure Playground

Drumlanrig Castle Gardens and Adventure Playground offer an enchanting blend of history and outdoor fun, making it the perfect destination for families in May.

Children can unleash their imagination in the Adventure Playground, where towering trees and winding pathways beckon exploration and play. Whilst the gardens burst into vibrant colors, providing a picturesque backdrop for leisurely strolls and picnics.

Walks and Cycle Trails

May is a fabulous time to explore the Walks and Cycle Trails at Drumlanrig, with nature bursting into life and the weather becoming more inviting.

With pleasant woodland strolls, hilltop hikes, country lane cycles or adventurous mountain biking descents to pick from, the whole family can embrace the physicality of the great outdoors, right on Dabton’s doorstep.

Scottish Assault Courses

Take on the ultimate challenge this May as the whole family tackles the thrilling activities of Scottish Assault Courses. With a range of outdoor adventures to participate in, from paintballing to axe throwing, airsoft to assault courses, which family member will claim victory of the outdoor pursuits?

May Events

Dabton finds itself at the heart of a busy events calendar in May, perfect for families looking to get out and about whilst based in Dumfries & Galloway.

Absolute Classics

Absolute Classics: 17 - 19 May

This May, the symphonies of young musical performers from Dumfries & Galloway will bless the ears of those in Dabton House, inviting guests to intimate concerts, fine dining and overnight stays.

A brand new event, Dabton’s Classical Retreat promises an extraordinary experience for music enthusiasts set against the picturesque backdrop of the great Scottish countryside.

Art in Dabton Games Room

Spring Fling: 25 - 27 May

With a diverse range of both traditional and modern art found within Dabton House, art lovers may extend their creative passions and explore a host of open studios throughout Dumfries and Galloway for the Spring Fling.

With over 100 studios taking part, Spring Fling is Scotland’s Premier Art and Craft Open Studios Event.


We look forward to welcoming your family to Dabton this May. Prepare for unforgettable experiences filled with warmth, adventure, and cherished memories.

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