Top things to do

Buddhist Site in Annandale & Eskdale

Kagyu Samye Ling

Surrounded by wooded hills, Eskdalemuir is a remote settlement 13 miles northwest of Langholm. About 1.5 miles further north is this, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery built in the West (1968). The colourful pray…
Museum in Gretna & Gretna Green

Famous Blacksmith's Shop

At the centre of the village of Gretna Green, the touristy Famous Blacksmith’s Shop complex has a number of mediocre shops and eateries, a maze, and a quite entertaining multilingual exhibition on Gretna Green’s his…
Scottish in Moffat

Brodie's

Just off the central square, this has a comfortably modern interior and handsomely presented fare that features seafood, lamb and vegetarian options, with some fusion touches. While there are no wow moments, it's ve…
Theatre in Langholm

Buccleuch Centre

This modern theatre is a surprising find in such a small town and has a solid reputation for its shows and concerts.
Monument in Langholm

MacDiarmid Memorial

Amid stirring scenery a couple of miles from town on the Newcastleton road, this oxidised iron memorial to poet Hugh MacDiarmid looks like a portal to a picture-book world. Further up the hill, an obelisk commemorat…
British in Gretna & Gretna Green

Smith's Restaurant

The restaurant in Smith's hotel offers a wide variety, from wedding buffets to bar snacks and upmarket à la carte mains. The bar can get boisterous with celebrating parties.