Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Langholm is a small town not far away from Gretna, in Dumfries and Galloway and we passed through it a few times to different destinations and it looked quite nice so we decided to stop next time we were in the area…


Status: Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, Town, Scotland

Date: Various

Travel: Car

Eating & Sleeping: N/A

Attractions: Clan Armstrong Museum, Town Hall, River Esk, Castle, Malcolm Memorial etc


Langholm is a small, pleasant town sat on the River Esk not far from the Scottish/English border. Famous people from the town include Hugh MacDiarmid (1892 – 1978, Scottish Poet) and Thomas Telford (1757 – 1834, Famous Architect whose work includes the Menai Suspension Bridge). Not far away in nearby Bent Path there is a small stone memorial to Telford.

There is a monument to Sir John Malcolm (1769 – 1833, Famous Scottish Soldier and Statesman) on Whita Hill overlooking the town, in the form of an obelisk. He wasn’t from the town but the memorial honours his achievements.


There are numerous bridges across the Esk in the town including a few road bridges and at least 2 small foot suspension bridges.


One of the most famous people in history is also associated with the town, which is home to the Clan Armstrong Museum (above) which is an ancient clan in the area, and one of their descendants was Neil Armstrong, (1930 – 2012) who was the first man to set foot on the moon, and even took with him a piece of Armstrong Tartan. He visited the town in 1972 and was given freedom of the burgh.


The remains of Langholm Castle stands in a field next to the river, and all that remains is one small section of wall. It is thought the castle originates from 1525, and may have been abandoned in 1724.


The Town Hall stands in the centre of the town, and isn’t far from the river. There aren’t many modern buildings in the town centre and they all have an old stone appearance which looks very pleasant.

Langholm is a nice town and a good place to stop if you are in the area. There are no train stations in the town, but the A7 from Carlisle to Edinburgh runs through the town.


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