Other places to stay in and around Moffat
is a nineteenth-century, semi-detached villa with 3-4 bedrooms and a well-established,
secluded, cottage garden in a quiet street five minutes walk from the
centre of Moffat.
On arrival at Hillview you will find fresh flowers from the garden (in
season), and some of the basic essentials you may have forgotten to bring
- tea, coffee, milk, toilet rolls, soap etc, the local paper so you can
find out what's on, and of course a tin of the famous Moffat Toffee. During
summer there should be organic herbs and salad leaves available for picking
in the garden.
Living-room/ 4th bedroom with fold-down bed settee
Shower-room with toilet
Bedroom 1: King size bed
Bedroom 2: Double and single bed
Bedroom 3: One single bed
Bathroom with bath and toilet
The accommodation throughout is to a very good all-round standard.
Laundry Facilities on Complex
Property Heated Throughout
Z Bed available on request
Pets Welcome By Arrangement
Outdoor Play Area
Baby Listening/Sitting Facilities, Charge Applies
Free Internet Connection
Other Disabled Facilities
Moffat High Street
Moffat is Scotland's first Walkers Welcome town, and when you arrive at
Hillview you'll find details of a dozen or more local walks.
Best of the bunch are perhaps Caerlaverock (60 mins.) and Threave (50
mins), both over 500 years old in part.
Caerlaverock is a uniquely triangular shaped castle, some ten miles south
of Dumfries - in Dumfries follow the signs to the Crichton and then continue
past out of town.
Threave Castle is five miles north-west of Castle Douglas.
Built by Archibald the Grim, it maintains its grim, military appearance,
sitting on an island on the River Ken, accessible only by boat.
To the north, Traquair House, near Innerleithen, Peebles, is the oldest
continually inhabited house in Scotland, dating back 900 years - its grounds,
maze and excellent micro-brewery are open to visitors.
The beaches around Borgue, just beyond the very pretty Kirkcudbright (60
mins) can't be beaten for sand, swimming, undeveloped, unspoilt bays.
Past Dalbeattie (50 mins) are Kippford and Rockcliffe,
quiet bays frequented by yachts with exquisite views across the bay. From
Rockcliffe a 15-mins walk takes you to a quiet sandy beach at Castlehill
Grey Mare's Tail
The Solway coast is perfect for wetland birds, and there's an RSPB observation
hut at their reserve at Mersehead, by Southerness, south of Dumfries.
Scottish Wildlife Trust has a wetland reserve at Caerlaverock.
National Trust for Scotland has a camera trained on the peregrine falcon
nest at Grey Mare's Tail waterfall which with a 60m drop is the highest
waterfall in southern Scotland.
Dumfries and Galloway is rich in wildlife and there are
more leaflets in the sitting-room.
Moffat has its own small community-runwildlife sanctuary.
Dumfries Devorgilla Bridge
There are traditional pipe and drum Town Bands in most towns, which turn
out for Gala events.
Moffat has occasional film and theatre shows in the Old Well Theatre.
The Henry Moore trail is a deliberately unpublicised walk around various
of his sculptures (most notably King and Queen), positioned in open countryside
on an estate a few wiles north of Dumfries.
A new BBC tv series "Hope Springs" was filmed
in Wanlockhead (50 mins), the highest village in Britain and an old centre
of lead mining, while the series 2000 Acres of Sky was filmed in the quaint
fishing village of Portpatrick, beyond Stranraer.
The cult horror movie "The Wicker Man" was
filmed in the Whithorn and Kirkcudbright areas, and Gavin Maxwell, author
of the "Ring of Bright Water" otter stories lived on the Whithorn
Some Drives From Moffat
Moffat is at the centre of Southern Scotland's best scenery, and several
longer day trips make excellent drives. The main roads in the region -
the A701 and A75 - are fairly busy, but wherever you go, you will be able
to find quiet, often single track, alternative routes through low rolling
farms of sheep and cattle.
1. East - Selkirk and the Borders (150 miles)
Turn left at the end of Moffat High Street onto the Selkirk Road (This
is a narrow road, which needs to be treated with respect).
The Grey Mare's Tail is a good place to stop for an energetic
walk then continue on to the peaceful lochs at St Mary's Loch, where the
Glen Café and historic Tibbie Shiels Inn are excllent refreshment
2. West - The Galloway Forest (150 miles return)
Loch Trool, Galloway
Loch Trool, the view down the Glen Trool and the walk up to the lochs
below Mulwharchar, or up the Merrick, southern Scotland's highest hill
(842 metres) are the classic Galloway picture postcard.
3. North - Edinburgh and Glasgow and Loch Lomond
Edinburgh's medieval High Street and 19th century New
Town are about 75 minutes away by car.
Glasgow's central shopping area is an hour away (but expect up to an hour's
delay in Glasgow from 7.30-9.30am and 3.30-6.30pm).
Getting there from the Information Centre
From Moffat TIC, continue straight on through the High Street to the School
and turn right at the mini roundabout there.
Getting There by Car
From the M74 go straight through Moffat High Street and continue on to
the school, then turn right at a mini-roundabout there.
No. 10 is tenth on the right.
Getting There by Railway
Nearest station is Lockerbie on the Glasgow-Carlisle line.
We may be able to pick up from the station, free of charge, by prior arrangement.
Otherwise there is a bus service from the station to Moffat.
Getting there by Aeroplane
Nearest airports Prestwick, Glasgow or Edinburgh.
From there head for the M74 motorway southbound, then follow the directions
as for by car.
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