6 - Drumlanrig
The grounds of Drumlanrig Castle contain some of the oldest plantings of specimen trees in south Scotland and some of David Douglas’s original introductions.
Close to the castle you’ll find woodland gardens which are home to a variety of unusual trees including rare conifers from around the world, as well as a growing collection of flowering trees and shrubs providing excellent colour in spring, summer and autumn.
A short walk from the castle itself will take you to the very first Douglas fir to be planted in Britain. Scotland’s most famous plant collector, David Douglas, introduced this species from the Pacific North West in 1827 and it was his brother, John, Master of Works at Drumlanrig at the time, who planted this very tree here two years later in 1829.
The Douglas fir has since become one of the most important species in tree collections and forestry throughout Scotland.
Locate the Tree Trail Stamp: TBC
Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, DG3 4AQ
Opening Times vary please check their website.
More Info at: http://www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk/