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

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

Web Tourist

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

Caerlaverock Castle

Dumfries House Adam Bros fine collection of Chippendale furniture

Drumlanrig Castle

Neidpath Castle one of the prettiest little castles in Scotland

Hadrian’s Wall

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.

Red squirrels

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
Recommended Restaurants

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

Kelso Racecourse

Carlisle Racecourse

Dumfriesshire Hunt

Trail riding South of Scotland Trails