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Lockerbie and Lochmaben are two small towns a few miles apart and separated by the River Annan. Both towns are steeped in history but for very different reasons.

When people think of Lockerbie, the tragic events of 1988 spring to mind while Lochmaben has strong connections with Robert the Bruce and his family are said to have lived in a castle on Castle Hill, the remains of which can still be seen.

Both towns are on the South West Coastal 300 – SWC300 and make a great base for seeing all that the surrounding area has to offer.

Many of the older buildings in Lockerbie are from red sandstone from the renowned quarries at Annan. The Town Hall, with its clock tower  completed in 1880 stands out in the town centre. A more recent addition to Lockerbie Town Centre are the brass sheep sculptures installed in 2013 to celebrate the town’s famed sheep market.

Lockerbie has an ice rink and a welcoming 18 hole golf club amongst its many attractions.

There is a Garden of Remembrance  for the victims of the Lockerbie bombing and an exhibition at Dryfesdale Lodge Visitor Centre just to the west of the town.


Less than five miles west of Lockerbie, across the River Annan you reach Lochmaben.

A predominant feature of Lochmaben’s wide main street is the Town Hall. A large statue of King Robert the Bruce is to the front of the Town Hall. A few traces of a castle can be seen at the second green of Lochmaben Golf Course. This was where the family of Robert the Bruce, who was brought up in the area is said to have lived. Ruins of another castle can be seen on a peninsula. The castle is thought ot have been built for Edward I of England.

Surprisingly, there are three lochs at Lochmaben, Mill Loch, Kirk Loch and Castle Loch. In 2004, a community buy-out was completed of Castle Loch. As a result, there is now a three mile footpath round the loch. There are many opportunities to see wildlife including migrating pink footed geese, sand martins, great crested grebe dragonflies, kingfishers, otters and squirrels.

Lochmaben is on the Annandale Way, – a 55 mile walking trail linking Moffat and Annan. It is also handy for the 7 Stanes Mountain Biking Centre at Ae (about 14 miles)

There are opportunities for sailing on Castle Loch at Annandale Sailing Club and for fishing on all three lochs (perch, roach, bream, pike and eel). Lochmaben also has an 18 hole golf course.





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Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace
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South West Coastal 300 #SWC300
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Robert Burns’ Ellisland Museum and Farm
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