Margaret and Bob White. Hartfell House, Hartfell Crescent, Moffat DG10 9AL, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Telephone / Fax : 01683-220153 (International : +44 16 83 22 01 53). E-mail :
Information on Foot and Mouth : Dumfries and Galloway Council Website (Updated Daily)
The outbreak in March 2001 of Foot and Mouth Disease in some farm animals has led to the closure of the Southern Upland Way and local walks on and near farmland. However, most other local attractions are unaffected.
This Scottish town has many times winner of the Scotland in Bloom Award and in 1997 won the Great Britain Small Town accolade. It is known as the 'jewel in the crown' of this beautiful area, justifiably being at the heart of southern Scotland. The world knows it for Wool and Toffee, but Moffat has been a flourishing spa town with many coaching-inns.
Moffat is located in the eastern part of Dumfries and Galloway Region, in the south-west of Scotland. The town has been famous for its past connections with border reivers and the wool trade. The magnificent Moffat Ram statue is the symbol and centrepiece of the town. During the Nineteenth Century, wealthy Victorians came to the now-gone spa to 'take the waters' of its sulphurous and iron-rich springs. Its tourist facilities now include tennis courts, magnificent bowling greens, and an excellent 18-hole golf course, whose full clubhouse facilities are available to visitors.The park has a putting green, boating lake, swings and wonderful floral displays.
There is serious hill-walking in the surrounding countryside and the coast to coast Southern Uplands Way passes close by.
Moffat is one mile from the A 74 (M), the main England Scotland trunk road, an excellent location for reaching Glasgow and Edinburgh, and only a few hours' drive up the M6 from towns and cities in Northern and Central England. London is approximately six hours driving time away.
The A 701 road from Moffat to Edinburgh passes the deep valley of the Devil's Beeftub, the Source of the Tweed, and the 'John Buchan Country' commemorated in 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' and 'Greenmantle'. East on the A708 are the Grey Mare's Tail and St. Mary's Loch, two famous beauty spots. The road leads on to the historic town of Selkirk and the great Cistercian Abbey of Melrose and Traquair, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland.
Westwards on the A701 to Dumfries and beyond it on the A75 or A711, are the remote but beautiful Galloway Hills and the Solway Coast, a favoured area for artists and novelists. Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, and the great poet Robert Burns, all knew this tranquil and forested area.
The land about Moffat is a paradise for archaeologists and geologists, with its rounded landscapes formed by the Ice Age. The hard stone and clay soil developed the moors, woods and mosses fought over by the Picts, Romans and moss-troopers. One of the earliest historical relics is the route of the Roman Road from Carlisle to Castledykes; this runs past Moffat and at Milton there is the site of a Roman Fort. Moffat is barely an hour away from the longest Roman feature in Britain, - Hadrian's Wall, - from whose stones many Abbeys and castles were later built.
There are many local walks of varying grades of length and challenge, set in a wide variety of landscape from moorland to valley, from heather to open fields and woodlands. All told, the area offers idyllic countryside, where one can still find fresh air, freedom to roam and absolute peace.
Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery, Eskdalemuir : The most unusual attraction in Dumfries and Galloway. A community of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns. Magnificent temple and riverside grounds. Shop and tearooms. Guided tours available on request, - at 24 hours' notice.
Telephone : 013873-73232. Fax : 013873-73223.
E-mail : Website : http://www.samye.org/
Grey Mare's Tail : National Trust. Spectacular 200 feet/60 metres waterfall from beside White Coomb (2,696 feet/800 metres). Warning : Keep to paths as hillside soil is unstable. Small entry charge. Car park and picnic area, Wardens' caravan on site May to September.
Telephone : 01721-722502. Fax : 01721-724700.
Moffat Fishery : Fly and bait fishing at fish farm in Moffat. See and feed the fish at the fish farm. Entry fee 50p to Fish Farm, Fish Tackle hire £ 2.00. Refreshments available, large car park.
Telephone : 01683-221068. Fax : As phone.
Devil's Beef Tub : A huge steep-sided valley once used by reivers to hold cattle driven across the Border. Below the A701 north of Moffat, overlooked by parking places. One of the best views in the area.
Moffat Museum : Displays covering the local schools, churches, local crafts, sports, local celebrities, Moffat Spa, the local geology, railway developments, farming and genealogy. Rotating exhibitions on various local themes and crafts. Audiovisual on Moffat. Display on Lord Dowding, of Battle of Britain fame, born in Moffat. Entry Fee : Adults, £ 1.00 Families (2 Adults 2 Children) £ 2.00 Children : £ 0.20.
Telephone : 01683-220868.
Moffat Woollen Mill : Famous producer of high-quality Scottish woollen garments. Genealogy tracing service. Working weaving exhibition. Entry free.
Telephone : 01683-220134. Fax : . No E-mail. Website : Imminent (late June 1999)
Border Fine Arts Gallery, Langholm : The birthplace of Border Fine Arts. Museum and shop. Gallery of old products and display of those for purchase. Part of ENESCO Group. Branch at Gretna Green Story. Free entry.
Telephone : 013873-81044. Fax : 013873-83030.
Dalton Pottery, Dalton : Large range of hand painted porcelain and glass giftware including clocks, bathroom accessories and vases. Ample parking, disabled access throughout, toilets. Refreshments. Play table in pottery and outdoor play area. Free entry.
Telephone : 01387-840236. Fax : As phone. No E-mail.
McDiarmid Memorial, Langholm : Metallic 'open book' memorial above Langholm dedicated to the poet Hugh McDiarmid, joint-founder of the Scottish National Party.
Eastriggs & Gretna Heritage Centre : Exhibition on the history of the local Ordnance Factory.
Telephone : 01461-40460.
Gretna Green Story : The old Anvil Room and Coach Museum, enlarged to tell the Gretna Green story. Tartan and Tweed shop. Restaurant, coffee house and arts centre. Entry fees : £ 1.50 pp coach party, Adults £ 2.00, Children under 10 Free, OAPs £ 1.50. Very large car and coach park. Picnic and Childrens' Play Area.
Telephone : 01461-338441. Fax : 01461-338442.
E-mail : Website : www.gretnagreen.com/
Booking your stay at Hartfell House...
To contact us :-
Telephone / Fax : 01683-220153 (International : +44 16 83 22 01 53).
Please note that all advance reservations must be confirmed in writing, and a deposit of £ 5 per person per night sent before arrival.
All cheques to be made payable to 'M.J. White'. We can accept credit card details with your confirmation, but we do not take final payment by this method.
Payment can be made in Pounds Sterling by :-
Dinner should be booked by 6:00 p.m. and is served at 7:00 p.m. Breakfast is served between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.
There is a reduction for children sharing the bedroom of their parents.
Finding Hartfell House...
Moffat is about 43 miles north of Carlisle on the M6/M74. Take the exit for Beattock, Moffat and Selkirk, then follow the road under the Motorway taking the signs fopr Moffat, two miles east of the M74. You will arrive at the High Street (Town Square). Click on image below for map.
Turn right beside the War Memorial and down beside the Clock Tower into Well Street. At the far end of Well Street turn briefly right into Well Road, then left up Old Well Road. Turn right after the Old Well Theatre into Buccleuch Place and Hartfell Crescent curves round to your right, with parking just across the road from Hartfell House. Click on image below for map.
Hartfell House, Moffat
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