The Buccleuch Property Challenge is the ultimate six-hour non-stop team-building adventure race. Together with BlueSky Experiences we have designed the event to not only to test your fitness level but your mind as well. The annually changing course is created over different stages to include mountain biking, running, orienteering and surprise activities. Previous events have seen obstacle courses, kayaking and sumo suits – there’s always something different!

The Challenge at a glance

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Three Categories

Male, Female, Mixed.

Drumlanrig Castle

Friday 8th September 2023

Six hours,
50 km

2023 charity partner:

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      Rise to the Challenge

      Starting from the breathtaking Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, teams of three travel together through all the stages, competing against the clock and collecting race points as they go through the different checkpoints. The team with the most points and fastest time will win the event. A key part of the race is to plan your tactics, think about timing and, most importantly, work as a team. The course is different every year and surprise activities are only revealed on the day itself.

      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.

      There are three categories; all male, all female or mixed and companies are welcome to enter multiple teams.

      To celebrate the achievement and hard work of the competitors, we host a BBQ in the Castle Stableyard after the race. This is followed by a prize giving ceremony, auction and raffle to raise funds for our chosen charity of the year, Horse Time. Based in the Scottish Borders, Horse Time is a SCIO that facilitates the delivery of evidence-based mental health and trauma interventions with feedback from horses. This unique combination builds on the known benefits of evidence-based processes by harnessing the psychological and emotional benefits of working in partnership with a therapeutic herd of horses. For more information please visit our TotalGiving page.

      Buccleuch Property Challenge 2023 poster
      Runners taking part in the Buccleuch Property Challenge

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      Mountain Bike Hire

      A mountain bike is required to take part in the Buccleuch Property Challenge.

      Please note Bike Hire from BlueSky Experiences has now closed.


      Please find below a list of local hotels and B&B’s in the area surrounding Drumlanrig Castle, should you require accommodation overnight.

      Accommodation list


      Please click here to visit the Drumlanrig Castle ‘Find Us’ page with full instructions on how to reach the Castle by car or public transport.

      Registration Guide

      There are a few things to be done during Registration including reading race information, collecting hire bikes, electronic wrist bands and completing safety checks.

      Please have a look at the Registration Guide below so you know what to expect on the day. A location map with final event details will be issued nearer the event date..  

      Registration Guide

      Team Instructions & Kit List

      Please have a look at the Team Instructions & Kit List below to see what you will need to bring and prepare for the day. 

      Team Instructions & Kit List

      Location Map

      Please have a look at the Location Map below.

      Location Map 

      Countryside Code

      The Buccleuch Property Challenge takes place in the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway. Please help us in preserving the natural landscape of the setting by always following the Countryside Code which can be downloaded below. 

      Countryside Code

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      £15k raised for Projekt 42

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      £14k raised for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action

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      £13k raised for Childline

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      £3k raised for Tearfund

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      £4.5k raised for It’s Good 2 Give

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      £7k raised for The Yard

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      £18k raised for Maggies

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      £8k raised for Sick Kids Friend’s Foundation

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      £25k raised for Simpson’s Special Care Babies

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