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Da Vinci case: The castle

Drumlanrig Castle
Drumlanrig Castle was built in the 17th Century and was the scene of a major art theft in 2003

Drumlanrig Castle is one of the most famous and imposing buildings in Dumfries and Galloway.

Its facade, at the end of a long, sweeping driveway, is the kind that draws an involuntary gasp from both tourists and locals alike.

Both before and after the theft of the Madonna of the Yarnwinder it has welcomed thousands of visitors.

Its grounds and interior make it one of the major attractions for anyone stopping off in south west Scotland.

The ancient Douglas family stronghold is an impressive edifice.

Dubbed the "Pink Palace", it was constructed from sandstone in the late 17th Century by the first Duke of Buccleuch, William Douglas.

It overlooks the Nith Valley and is nowadays family home to the present duke and duchess.

However, visitors are able to enjoy guided tours of a remarkable property.

Media attention

Along the way they can view an art collection which includes works by Rembrandt, Holbein and Gainsborough.

Another part of the estate includes the Scottish Cycle Museum.

It celebrates the role of local blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan in the invention of the bicycle.

The country estate and gardens are also a major tourist attraction.

It makes for a picturesque and attractive scene that is hard to reconcile with one of the world's biggest ever art thefts.

Yet in 2003 it became the centre of global media attention when one of its most famous artworks was taken.

Over recent weeks at the High Court in Edinburgh it has also played a cameo role.

Although none of the men on trial was accused of the robbery, it was referred to throughout proceedings.

That dramatic day in August 2003 is one which none of the staff or the Buccleuch family is ever likely to forget.

And it put the name of Drumlanrig Castle on news networks around the world.



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