The Challenge

Rise to the Challenge

  • Buccleuch Property Challenge
  • Buccleuch Property Challenge
  • Buccleuch Property Challenge

The Race of a Lifetime

The Buccleuch Property Challenge is the ultimate team building 6 hours non stop adventure race.  The event has been designed in conjunction with BlueSky Experiences not only to test your fitness level but your mind as well.  The course has been created to include different stages including mountain biking, running, orienteering and secret activities; the emphasis of the event is team work.

The course is for everyone, from first timers to experienced adventure racers, although a reasonable degree of fitness will only increase the enjoyment of the day.

The Challenge is for teams of 3 (mixed teams as well as single sex teams), to travel together through all stages, competing against the clock and collecting bonuses from the different checkpoints reached.  The team with the most points and fastest time will win the event.  An important part of the event will be to plan your tactics for the day to maximise points collected in the available time and managing your equipment and food intake during the race – we highly recommend you arrive early to maximise planning time.

To celebrate the achievement and hard work of competitors, we will be hosting a BBQ in the Castle Stable Yard after the race.  It will be followed by a prize giving ceremony, then auction/raffle to raise funds for our chosen charity of the year.

The 11th Buccleuch Property Challenge will be held on Friday 8th September 2017 at Drumlanrig Castle on the Queensberry Estate in Dumfries and Galloway.

Surrounded by the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Country Park and Grand Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle was completed in 1691 by William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensberry and is one of the first and most important renaissance buildings in the grand manner in Scotland.  For further information please visit

Drumlanrig Castle’s grounds have been the focus for cyclists of all abilities for many years. Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the inventor of the first bicycle (propelled by pedals), had his first job as a Blacksmith at Drumlanrig where he learned his trade. Soon after his apprenticeship he left and set up in a Smithy in Keir a few miles south of Drumlanrig. It was here he invented his velocipede around 1840 and cycling as we know it today was born.

You can view photos and find out more about the Challenge on our social media pages and please take a look at the videos below which will give you a good insight into this unique event!

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If you would like to enter a team please go to the registration page for full details.  You may of course enter more than one team!

We look forward to welcoming you on the 8th September!

The Buccleuch Property Team

Friday 4th September 2015