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South of Scotland Golf

There are 23 golf clubs that are members of the South of Scotland Golfers Association. Courses range from wee 9 hole courses in the picturesque Galloway hills to magnificent 18 hole links round the extensive coastline. Green fees range from as little as little as £10 in winter up to £60 for Southerness. Great value is to be had on courses to suit all tastes and abilities.

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Wild Eskdale / Wildlife Experiences

Take a Guided Tour

with Wild Eskdale

Offering a range of wonderful wildlife experiences and tours in Scotland. We are based in the beautiful southern uplands of Dumfries and Galloway with dramatic scenery all around.


The hills, rivers and valleys around the town of Langholm are the gateway to nature based tourism in Scotland. It is the first place after crossing the border into Scotland heading north that you have a chance of seeing the iconic Golden Eagle.

Gilnockie Tower

The Esk Valley Clan Armstrong Reiver Centre

The Clan Armstrong Ancestral Home

History, Mystery and Discovery while exploring the far-reaching lands of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers, join us for an enthralling 500 years of Clan Armstrong History at Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre.

Gilnockie Tower is a stunning example of a Scottish Pele tower. Built some 500 years ago, it was home to Johnnie Armstrong, a notorious border reiver. In 1530 this powerful Laird was hanged by a young Scottish king, James V, his story romanticised by Walter Scott.

Gilnockie Tower has five floors, including a vaulted chamber, banqueting hall and a 72 step spiral staircase. The entrance stone into the vaulted chamber is thought to be two thousand years old. Once a roofless ruin, the building has been completely refurbished and is open as a clan and visitor attraction. The Clan Armstrong Centre houses reiving artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Armstrong archives.
For the moment the Johnnie Armstrong of Gilnockie Cafe is serving hot drinks only.

 Many times recognised by historians, students and visitors alike as: the Gilnockie Tower; Armstrong’s Tower; Hollows Tower; or Holehouse Tower and believed to be from the period circa 1490-1520 as a rubble built, carved stone, Medieval Period Scots Tower House.

Clan Armstrong Centre

Ancestral Home of the Clan Armstrong

Gilnockie Tower Phone: 013873 71373

Gilnockie Tower Mobile: 07733 065587

Gilnockie Tower Phone Intl: +44 13873 71373

Gilnockie Tower Mobile Intl: +44 7733 065587


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Should you wish to visit Gilnockie Tower to experience the 16th century, please phone and book a time so that we can arrange a safe and exciting experience for you?

013873 71373 or 07733 065587

We are open 7 days every week from 11.00am until 3.00pm.

Gilnockie Tower is currently adhering to existing Scottish Government guidance regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), and invites its workforce, visitors and associates to please adhere to the ongoing, but constantly changing advice from the Scottish Government website.
These are unprecedented times, and our most important and primary concern is the safety of our workforce, visitors and associates. As time goes on we are reviewing ongoing developments on a day to day basis, and will adjust our method of operation, when it is safe and fitting to do so.


Offering Scottish Tourist Board 3 star accommodation, the Eskdale Hotel, Langholm sits with pride of place in the centre of town.  The hotel accommodation provides visitors luxuries normally only found in larger hotels, whilst ensuring personal attention, quality and care associated with a hotel of this size.


Situated on the first and second floors all of the bedrooms have been tastefully re-decorated.  Zip & link beds throughout the hotel provide flexibility and ensure your comfort; whilst additional pillows, bedding and ironing facilities are always available by request.

Complimentary bath robes for use during your stay are provided in each room together with tea, coffee making facilities and flat screen televisions with built in DVD players. In the unlikely event of rain, we’ve got you covered with complementary use of umbrellas provided in all accommodation.



A short drive from the M6 and M74, The Eskdale Hotel and Langholm offer the perfect place to relax and unwind. For those seeking something more, there’s a series of waymarked hill walking routes and walks around the town.

Mountain biking is also available nearby at 7 Stanes, whilst the famous river Esk offers great fishing opportunities for salmon & sea trout. Road cycling, golf and shooting is also available locally and for those seeking culture, the Clan Armstrong Museum offers an incisive glimpse into the lives of the Border Reivers. The Buccleuch Centre and theatre in the town provides a range of entertainment, music & exhibitions.

The Eskdale Hotel offers the opportunity to enjoy and experience all of these and much more.

For retail therapy the nearby Gretna Outlet Village offers famous brands at discount prices.  But take time to explore the town of Langholm, explore the varied local shops, galleries and visit the regular Farmers’ Market or Antiques Fair.

The Eskdale Hotel really the perfect place to stop, stay and relax when visiting the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway or the North Lakes of the English Lake District.

The Hopetoun Arms Hotel

is a grade two listed building and is the highest residential hotel in Scotland, sitting 1297ft above sea level.




Nestled in the heart of the Lowther Hills it is in a quiet rural location. A perfect stop off point if traveling north or south, and a perfect place for a nice relaxing break. The Hopetoun Arms itself is steeped in history with mentions from Dorothy Wordsworth in her book “The grand tour of Scotland” Published in 1804.

The village itself has a heritage trail which will have you visit such delights as, John Taylors Grave, who died in 1770 at the remarkable age of 137 and The curfew Bell which was rung to inform the miners of their shift changes.

Although we are in a rural setting we are only forty five minutes from Glasgow and just over one hour to Edinburgh and Carlisle.

The village has the oldest subscription library in the UK which is open to visitors and the highest golf course in Scotland. Situated just behind the hotel.

We have 8 en suite letting bedrooms Doubles, twin and family rooms from £85 per night Singles from £65.00
Free wi-fi
A lounge bar and a small locals bar
Free parking
Camper vans are very welcome, and we have 5 electric hook ups
Bikers and cyclists welcome and we have secure lock up for bikes
Bunk house opening late 2019
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Eskdalemuir Community Hub

& Old School Café.

Fully licensed. Delicious food local produce and home cooking.

Drinks, snacks, lunches & dinners.



Lower Annandale Walking Festival
Join our walkers for a weekend of walks in and around Annan. Enjoy great views, coupled with fascinating archaeology and history interpreted by our knowledgeable guides.
T: 013873 80914
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Newton Stewart Walking Festival
Set in beautiful Galloway, the third annual walking festival includes strenuous walks on the highest hills in south-west Scotland, as a challenge to the dedicated hill-walker, and also gentle lowland explorations on which the walker can learn of the environment, past and present. On all walks we shall look at the wildlife and plants of the area.
T: 01671 402770
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Upper Nithsdale Walking Festival
Join fellow walkers in a weekend of walks and entertainment. Upper Nithsdale has a wild and remote landscape – you really feel like you are in the middle of nowhere and yet, it is very accessible. The scenery is beautiful and the people friendly.
T: 01659 50551
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Langholm Walking Festival
Enjoy a weekend in the hills and valleys around the picturesque town of Langholm, where you’ll receive a warm welcome.
T: 013873 80914
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Moffat Walking Festival
Moffat is proud to announce it`s first walking weekend after 10 years. Enjoy an autumnal break in the stunning Moffat Hills with a warm welcome from locals and fellow walkers, with walks to suit any ability from the free and easy to the more strenuous for the experienced walker. Our walking festival team know how to help you make the most of your weekend

T:01683 220227

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