A list of things to do in and around Moffat
Clay shooting, go-karting, quad biking,paint balling and off road.
Ae 4×4 Off road driving
Paragliding at the Devil’s Beef Tub. Even if you are not a paraglider there are some great views of the Moffat Hills
Mountain Biking the 7stanes
Old Well Theatre Moffat’s thriving little theatre with many visiting as well as local productions. See web site for forthcoming events
Moffat indoor sports facility Contact details for the Beechgrove Sports Centre 01683.220697 Facilities include fitness suite, gym tennis and bowls
Raehills (Annandale Estates) The family seat of the Earls of Annandale and Clan Johnstone. Shooting fishing stalking etc. as well as Galloway Country Fair
Annandale Estates The estate office web site as opposed to Raehills above. Useful for more local enquires.
Bannatynes Health Club Dumfries
Canoeing Canoeing on the Evan Water, Annan, Tweed, Nith etc.
Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Annual Festival of Arts, Theatre, Music and Film throughout the region.
Galloway Country Fair Annual country fair at Raehills with gun dog trials, crafts stalls, fly fishing demonstrations, archery etc.
St Andrews Church, Moffat
Devil’s porridge WWI munitions factory
Dumfries Museum of Aviation
Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway
Lead mining museum Wanlockhead
Lockerbie Ice Rink Ice skating and curling
Annandale Sailing Club Lochmaben
Gretna Football Club
Queen of the South Football club
Dogs and pet accommodation
Clans and Families
Dumfries and Galloway Family history Society
Halliday, Johnstone clan, Clan johnstone of America, Jardine
Maxwell, Clan Moffat Clan Moffat (America), Murray of Stanhope, Porteous
Scotlands People Government Web site
Craigieburn Gardens famous for its Himalayan plants and other exotica
Little Sparta The garden of ian Hamilton Finlay
Houses and Castles of Interest
Abbotsford House home of Sir Walter Scott
Lochmaben Castle connected with Robert Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots
Dumfries House Adam Bros fine collection of Chippendale furniture
Neidpath Castle one of the prettiest little castles in Scotland
Traquair House Iconic Scottish House
Robert the Bruce’s Cave Bruce’s cave
Car Clubs and Motorcycling
Biker’s Advice web site law insurance accommodation it is all here
Moto Guzzi Club
Classic Cars Wecome accommodation web site for car enthusiasts
Gordon- Keeble Owners Club
Scottish vintage vehicle federation
Solway Car Club
South of Scotland Car Club
Moffat nature reserve An eight acre nature reserve run by some very enthusiastic and knowledgeable local people. Ten minute walk out side Moffat or park by Dyke Farm. No dogs
Caerlaverock wild life and wetlands Great day out for the kids as well as adults.
Carrifran Wild Wood project A scheme to reafforest the Carrifran glen with native tree species five miles north of Moffat
Grey Mare’s Tail nesting peregrines
Mersehead nature reserve
Ospreys in the Tweed valley though they are regular visitors to Moffat.
Well Known People Connected With The Area
Robert the Bruce His father was Lord of Annandale
Robert Burns Ellisland Farm Robert Burns web site
William Wordsworth Three poems no 56,57,58 about Yarrow St Mary’s Loch etc.
Wordworth on Burns
D.E. Stevenson author lived and died in Moffat
Dr Buck Ruxton
Red stains on the carpet, red stains on your knife
Oh Dr Buck Ruxton, you murdered your wife.
The nursemaid she saw you, and threatened to tell.
Oh Dr Buck Ruxton, you killed her as well.
The dismembered bodies of his wife and maid were discovered in Gardenholm Linn Moffat 1935
John Paul Jones father of the US navy
William Ewart Public Libraries
Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding of Bentley Priory Moffat’s most famous son
Thomas Carlyle and his brother Dr John Carlyle who lived in Moffat for a short while
John Buchan Viscount Tweedsmuir Author of the 39 Steps much of which was set locally
Sir Walter Scott Famous romantic Scottish author
James Hogg The Ettrick Shepherd
David Coulthard F1 Racing driver from Twynholm D&G the family transport business Hayton Coulthard
Places of Interest
Robert Burns some short walks in Dumfries with a Burns theme
Dawyck Botanical Gardens
Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall
King’s own Scottish Borderers
Broughton Ales Small brewery in Broughton near Peebles that supplies the Annandale with Broughton Best and Stowford Press Cider
Annan the web site for Annan and the surrounding area
Horseshoe Inn Excellent restaurant in Eddleston near Peebles. Went again recently (June 2009) as good if not even better than last time this is a first class restaurant. If only it were closer to Moffat….
Blackaddie House Sanquhar. Ian and Jane MacAndrew have recently taken over. One to watch well worth a visit.
Horses, Racing etc
Trail riding South of Scotland Trails