The team at Dumfries House have asked dog walkers to remain respectful of the grounds, ahead of an expected busy Spring season.

With the popular estate being a hotspot for dog walkers, the team have put out a plea to owners to keep dogs on leads, to avoid any consequences during lambing season.

Cleanliness is also being asked for, with owners urged to ensure they are cleaning up after their pets.

Looking ahead to what will be another busy Spring and Summer period, the team are hoping for co-operation from the public.

A representative said: "While dogs are more than welcome on the estate and in the patio seating area of the Coach House Cafe, we do ask that four-legged friends are kept on leads and under control at all times, and that their mess is bagged by owners and deposited in a nearby bin.

"The estate is home to a busy working farm and sheep-worrying can have disastrous consequences, particularly during lambing season.

"As we head into the busy Spring season, we’d like to remind guests that there are two visitor toilets located behind the Visitor Centre, which will be open daily from 8am until 6pm, with one closed shortly beforehand for cleaning.

"We’d like to remind visitors that access to, and parking at, Dumfries House estate is free.

"This is to encourage people of all ages to engage with Nature and benefit from all this beautiful 2,000-acre estate has to offer."