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“Cold and plain, but still worth visiting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Scottish Cycle Museum at Drumlanrig

The Scottish Cycle Museum at Drumlanrig
Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill DG3 4AQ, Scotland
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Ranked #2 of 4 attractions in Thornhill
Type: Museums
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Cold and plain, but still worth visiting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

For any cyclist this is worth visiting, also for anyone interested in Scottish industrial history.
Frustrating in its lack of investment, and plainly done on the cheap. This is very nearly a great place to visit, but somewhere the finance department lacked courage. Come on guys this is 2012, people expect more than this ! So close, but yet falling short - sad.

Visited October 2012
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“a land rover of discovery!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

As part of a stay in Moffat we decided to check out a local attraction.A simple phone call and booking gave directions to the castle, and we found the place very easily, then took the lengthy drive through the grounds to the imposing castle. After a general mooch around to the castle shop and tea room which serves a very nice earl grey we headed off for our pre booked landrover trip tour, the guide for the tour was the very knowlegable Brian and for the next 90 mins or so we were given a guided tour around the estate. He answered the questions that we asked of him, and were given an interesting selection of anecdotes. The scenery in the estate is spectacular, and there were regular stops to take photos.
On returning to the castle, we then joined the tour of the castle itself. Again the guide was very knowledgeable, and helped to keep the tour interesting and not dry. The one down side of the tour was that there were some members of the tour who didnt appear to want to listen to the guide, but make their own commentary, rather too loudly. The guide, Stewart, handled the situation very well.
On return to the entrance and shop, we browsed around the shop for momentos, and founf the lady very attentive and chatty.
Overall, a most pleasant visit, helped by staff who understood the concept of customer care

Visited July 2012
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“Small but surprisingly interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

Basically one large room filled with various bikes. Does not look promising until you notice how old some of the bikes actually are, or what some have been up to. Exibits, even very old ones are there right in front of you. Free once you have paid to get in to the estate. Worth a few minutes.

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“Very plain.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

This museum is really an add-on to the Drumlanrig estate, which is spectacular by any measure. Essentially the museum is a barn with bicycles put up on the walls. Even if there are some articles of interest, it can be seen in 10 minutes. As part fo the admission to Drumlanrig it is interesting enough but on its own, its not worth visiting

Visited August 2011
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“Compact but fascinating with a well informed attendant.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

We arrived at the museum by accident, having hoped to visit the nearby adventure playground with the kids but the rain came down and we looked for somewhere under cover. The museum is housed in one room, with accompanying shop. Initially overwhelmed by the number of bikes, my husband, the enthusiast, started to point out some styles he recognised.

The staff member came in to join us and one other couple and proved to be incredibly informative adn his love for bikes shone through. He also proved adept at mounting a penny farthing, quite a feat given the limited space.

The sun came out, and we moved out into the courtyard where we were shown a couple of childrens hoop games by the same gentleman and we remained, absorbing the information for a while after he had continued on to share his wisdom with others.

As there are many cycle paths in the surrounding land, it is a fascinating place to go to and spend a moment or a while before or after your ride.

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