Moffat Things To Do

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

Annandale Estates The Raehills Estate office Tel. 01576 470 211

Annandale Sailing Club Lochmaben

Canoeing on the Evan Water, Annan, Tweed, Nith etc.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Dark Sky Town of Moffat for budding astronomers and stargazers.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Annual Festival of Arts, Theatre, Music and Film throughout the region.

Dumfries Museum of Aviation

Devil’s porridge The museum exhibiting artifacts from the massive WWI munitions factory that once stood at Gretna.

Eden Festival

Galloway Country Fair

Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway A great little narrow gauge railway, well worth a visit.

Lead  mining museum Wanlockhead Visit the museum and go down the mine.

Lockerbie Ice Rink Ice skating and curling

Mountain Biking the 7stanes

Old Well Theatre Moffat’s thriving little theatre with many visiting as well as local productions.

The Gym at Moffat

St Andrews Church, Moffat

Gretna Football Club

Queen of the South Football club


Clans and Families

Dumfries and Galloway Family history Society

Halliday, Johnstone clanJardine

Maxwell, Clan Moffat , Murray of Stanhope, Porteous Family of Hawshaw

Scotlands People Government Web site

History of the Tweedie Family

Geddes of Rachan


Craigieburn Gardens Just outside Moffat and 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

Caerlaverock Castle

Dumfries House Be aware the house is some distance from the town of Dumfries but well worth a visit. Designed by the Adam Bros. who submitted plans in 1754. It has a world famous collection of Chippendale furniture.

Drumlanrig Castle

Neidpath Castle one of the prettiest little castles in Scotland

Hadrian’s Wall Birdoswald Fort

Traquair House No visit to Scotland can be considered complete without seeing Traquair House, with its famous Bear gates which were closed when Bonnie Prince Charlie left in 1745. They have remained closed ever since.

Car Clubs and Motorcycling

Beef Tub Bikers the local Moffat motorcycling club with the local knowledge of the best routes etc.

Moto Guzzi Club

Gordon- Keeble Owners Club


Scottish vintage vehicle federation

Solway Car Club

South of Scotland Car Club


Golden Eagle Project. Though there have always been Golden Eagles in the Moffat Hills, there is an ongoing project to establish a stronger population in the area.

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 Wildlife and Wetlands Trust Great day out for the kids as well as adults especially in the off season when it is packed with migrating birds..

Carrifran Wildwood project A scheme to re-afforest the Carrifran glen with native tree species to be found five miles north of Moffat. A similar project at Corehead, Moffat

Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall a stunning local beauty spot.


Well Known People Connected With The Area

Robert the Bruce His father was the 6th Lord of Annandale

Robert Burns Ellisland Farm Robert Burns web site

William Wordsworth wrote three poems about the Yarrow valley and St Mary’s Loch etc.


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 was born in a cottage Kirkcudbrightshire where you can find an interesting museum.

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. In it his character, Richard Hannay, passes through Moffat

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

Horses, Racing etc

Kelso Racecourse

Carlisle Racecourse

Dumfriesshire Hunt

Trail riding South of Scotland Trails