The conservation town of Moffat is situated in the Annandale Valley on the banks of the River Annan (roughly three minutes from the M74). It was originally a spa town but is now a centre for the local woollen industry whose history and weaving demonstrations can be viewed at the Moffat Woollen Mill.
Moffat Self Catering Cottages
Exploring the Rolling Hills of Moffat
Moffat is Scotland's first 'Walkers are Welcome' Town which hosts an annual Walking Festival. It has also recently opened seven new walking routes to add to the numerous existing routes. This area is a mecca for walkers and climbers with part of the Southern Upland Way passing just outside Moffat at Beattock and leading up to the beautiful St Mary's Loch (17 miles).
The loch, named after the church that used to stand on its' banks, is the largest natural loch in the Scottish Borders from which you can fish for brown trout and pike on the shores or from one of the boats they have available for hire.
The Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve (10 miles) is the site of the stunning 200-foot high waterfall where the Tail Burn flows down from Loch Skeen. There is a walking path that takes you uphill along by the waterfall and further still on to the unspoilt beauty of the loch where you may well spot the wild mountain goats that wander the area.
The Moffat Museum just off the main street is open to the public from April to late September. Its exhibits chart the history of the town and will be of particular interest to railway enthusiasts with its working model of the old Moffat railway line. Station Park is a great spot for relaxed picnics, with an 18-hole putting green and even a lake where you can rent out boats, kayaks or pedalos.
Bicycles can be hired from Moffat CAN Cycle Hire, who not only hire out bikes but can deliver them right to your door and also provide advice on numerous cycle routes in the local area. The town is right on the River Annan, where fishing is available in season.