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Sanquhar | Dumfries and Galloway

Sanquhar one of the first Royal Burghs in Scotland. Another claim to fame is that it has the world’s oldest Post Office, opened in 1712 and still operational. The town sits on the River Nith – one of Scotland’s top salmon rivers. It makes a great base for exploring Upper Nithsdale and beyond.

When you think about Scotland’s highest places, you might not think of the south of Scotland. But Sanquhar is less than 10 miles away from Scotland’s two highest villages, Wanlockhead and Leadhills. Here you can immerse yourself in the rich mining history of gold and lead and visit the Lead Mining Museum.

Just outside the town you’ll find the inspirational landscape art project, Crawick Multiverse. Designed by Charles Jencks, a visit to Crawick is a joy. Whether you’re interested in cosmology, science, art or just getting out in the fresh air in a place of beauty!

The countryside, particularly to the east of the town is spectacular with three beautiful passes, Crawick, Mennock and Dalveen. This area is a great choice for keen road cyclists, these passes are both a challenge and a delight.

Drumlanrig Castle, built in 17th Century of red sandstone, is also only 10 miles away. There you can marvel at the interior of the castle and enjoy the beautiful gardens and grounds. If you would like to try out mountain biking, Drumlanrig is home to Rik’s Bikeshed, a family friendly biking centre, with trails for all to enjoy around the Drumlanrig Estate.

Just half an hour away by car, another fascinating place to visit is Dumfries House. This 18th century house sits in 2000 acres and has an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture.

Sanquhar is famed for its distinctive knitting patterns, chiefly gloves in black and white. The Tolbooth Museum in Sanquhar has exhibits of the design. And you can even learn how to knit the Sanquhar patterns at workshops held by A’ the Airts.

Sanquhar is on The South West Coastal 300 Touring Route and is also on the Southern Upland Way walking route.

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