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Moffat

This Scottish town has many times winner of the Scotland in Bloom Award and in 1997 won the Great Britain Small Town accolade. It is known as the 'jewel in the crown' of this beautiful area, justifiably being at the heart of southern Scotland. The world knows it for Wool and Toffee, but Moffat has been a flourishing spa town with many coaching-inns. The tradition of looking after visitors continues. Visitors to Moffat are spoilt for choice with a selection of shops selling quality knitwear and a variety of other goods, plus plenty of restaurants offering a warm welcome and value for money.

Moffat is located in the eastern part of Dumfries and Galloway Region, in the south-west of Scotland. The town has been famous for its past connections with border reivers and the wool trade. The magnificent Moffat Ram statue is the symbol and centrepiece of the town. During the Nineteenth Century, wealthy Victorians came to the now-gone spa to 'take the waters' of its sulphurous and iron-rich springs. Its tourist facilities now include tennis courts, magnificent bowling greens, and an excellent 18-hole golf course, whose full clubhouse facilities are available to visitors.The park has a putting green, boating lake, swings and wonderful floral displays.

Visitors flocked to the Dumfriesshire town of Moffat in Victorian times to sample the healing properties of the waters from the three spas at Garpol, Archbank and Hartfell. The Moffat waters were piped to the Assembly Rooms at the back of the current Town Hall and in 1878 the colossal 300-room Hydropathic Hotel was built on the hillside above the Old Edinburgh Road equipped with vapour and mineral baths.

In our historic conservation town there are activities to keep you occupied whatever the weather and you will find that even the rain is refreshing in Moffat! For those using Moffat as a base to stay, the attractions of Dumfries of Galloway, the Borders and the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Carlisle are all within easy reach.

here is serious hill-walking in the surrounding countryside and the coast to coast Southern Uplands Way passes close by.

Moffat is one mile from the A 74 (M), the main England Scotland trunk road, an excellent location for reaching Glasgow and Edinburgh, and only a few hours' drive up the M6 from towns and cities in Northern and Central England.

he A 701 road from Moffat to Edinburgh passes the deep valley of the Devil's Beeftub, the Source of the Tweed, and the 'John Buchan Country' commemorated in 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' and 'Greenmantle'. East on the A708 are the Grey Mare's Tail and St. Mary's Loch, two famous beauty spots. The road leads on to the historic town of Selkirk and the great Cistercian Abbey of Melrose and Traquair, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland.

Westwards on the A701 to Dumfries and beyond it on the A75 or A711, are the remote but beautiful Galloway Hills and the Solway Coast, a favoured area for artists and novelists. Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, and the great poet Robert Burns, all knew these tranquil and forested areas.

The land about Moffat is a paradise for archaeologists and geologists, with its rounded landscapes formed by the Ice Age. The hard stone and clay soil developed the moors, woods and mosses fought over by the Picts, Romans and moss-troopers. One of the earliest historical relics is the route of the Roman Road from Carlisle to Castledykes; this runs past Moffat and at Milton there is the site of a Roman Fort.

Moffat is barely an hour away from the longest Roman feature in Britain, - Hadrian's Wall, - from whose stones many Abbeys and castles were later built.