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Local Area

The charming and attractive town of Moffat lies on the river Annan in the heart of the beautiful countryside in the Dumfries & Galloway area. Moffat has won both the Scotland in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions several times with their displays on the High Street and station park.

In the 19th century the town was used as a coaching stop and Spa Town. Moffat played a vital part in the wool trade and the statue of the Ram in the Market Place commemorates this part of the town’s heritage: the monument was erected in 1857 in recognition of the town’s agricultural success. The Moffat museum with its two floors of displays provide you a clear picture about the Spa heritage of the town, geology of the region, famous families of the town and its railroad heritage.

The Town has a range of independent and specialist shops along the High street and Well Street (an opportunity to buy that special gift). Moffat Woollen Mill has a wide range of classic Scottish knitwear, weaves and gifts and a welcoming coffee shop.

You can enjoy a relaxing time in Moffat’s colourful Station Park with Its attractive floral arch and gardens, enjoy a game of pitch and putt or take a swan shape boat on the lake. Moffat Golf course has 18 holes; located just outside the town it has great views looking down into the town and surrounding area.

Moffat has a wide choice of places to eat from simple fish and chips to Indian and Italian restaurants to tantalise your taste buds and suit all pockets. Moffat Toffee Shop – not to be missed if you have a sweet tooth! The distinctive toffee has been made and sold by the Blacklock family for three generations.

The Old Well Theatre hosts traditional music evenings and many other productions during the year and also doubles as the Town Cinema.

For nature lovers the nearby Grey Mare’s Tail (a spectacular 200ft waterfall in dramatic moorland setting below White Coombe [2,696 ft]) and St Mary’s Loch provide tranquillity and stunning views and make a great day out either by car, cycle or on foot, (there is a circular walk around the loch of 12k). The area is rich in wild flowers, uplands birds and geological interest. A herd of feral goats can be seen just a short driving distance (9 miles) from the town.

Castle Loch local nature reserve, Lochmaben: (A74 (M) to Lockerbie then A709 to Dumfries) – a large freshwater loch, winter home to roosting pink footed and greylag geese, many ducks and waders. Around Lochmaben Castle, footpaths, picnic tables and bird watching hide. In the summer you might see Kingfishers, willow tits, reed warblers, damselflies and other fascinating butterflies and moths. There are information points, guided walks by ranger service and excellent views.

Both the Annandale way and Southern Upland Way just outside the town are well known long distances walks.

Other places to visit in the area include:

  • Robert Burns House, Burns Street, Dumfries, this simple sandstone house in which Robert Burns Scotland’s national poet, spent the last years of his brilliant life.
  • Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace (Ecclefechan) take the A74(M) Exit JCT 19. National Trust for Scotland, the Arched House home of the great writer and historian and one of Britain’s most influential thinkers, was built in 1790 and furnished to reflect domestic life at Carlyle’s time, including a collection of portraits and belongings.
  • Moffat Fishery at the  ” Green Frog ” ( Formerly Hammerlands) on the edge of town provides fly, bait, and coarse fishing for all the family on their three ponds. The Fly pond is stocked with Rainbows, Browns, Golden and Blue. Full tackle shop on site with restaurant and other family facilities.