The waters of three rivers – the Esk, Ewes and Wauchope – meet at Langholm, nicknamed the 'Muckle Toon', a gracious old town at the centre of Scotland's tweed industry. Most people come for fishing and walking in the surrounding moors and woodlands.
Hugh MacDiarmid – poet, communist and seminal figure in 20th-century Scottish nationalism – was born Christopher Grieve here in Langholm in 1892. Thomas Telford was also born nearby. Another famous visitor was Neil Armstrong, who accepted an honorary Freemanship of Langholm, which is the traditional seat of Clan Armstrong.