Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Moffat is located in the northeast of Dumfries and Galloway a short distance from the M74 and ideally situated as a stop off point for those travelling either up to Scotland or down into England. For this purpose The Caravan and Camping Club have a 180-pitch site located at the edge of the town. Although busy throughout the year its facilities are plentiful and clean, the site itself is well organised and only 5 minutes walk from a Co-Op store and the Moffat Woollen Mill.

Reception for Moffat Camp Site.

The busy wee town has been in existence since the 12th century when it became the centre for cattle thief. Later it became a market town and then in the mid 17th century became a spa resort based on two mineral wells; its architecture is pure 18th/19th century.  It is now a popular destination for tourism, where you will find some decent places to eat including the Star Hotel, which dates from the 17th century and is famous as the world’s narrowest hotel[1] at 20ft wide.

A bronze statue of a ram is situated on the High Street to signify the towns association with the wool industry.

Further down the High Street, which is said to be the widest in Scotland, you will find The Moffat Toffee Shop. This family ran business is famous for the hard toffee sweet that is still made by the family and can be purchased in various quantity’s. 

At the bottom of the town is Station Park that has a large boating pond with giant swans.  The Annan Water runs along its northern boundary, which makes a leisurely evenings walk.

You can of course drive up the A701 to look down onto the Devils Beef Tub or you can take a lower route using your bike navigating a quiet back road via Ericstane and on to Corehead for some brilliant views of the Beef Tub. It was in this area that that the stolen cattle mentioned earlier was hidden!

[1] The Guinness Book of Records.

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