Visit Biggar and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Biggar, South Lanarkshire, is said to consider itself the capital of the upper ward of Lanarkshire, and it certainly presents the appearance of a county town. It has a spacious High Street with a double row of well-trimmed trees; it must be one of the widest country-town high streets in all Scotland.
Biggar became a royal burgh in 1451, and was under the protection of the Flemings of Boghall Castle, which stood in the marshland to the South of the town, but only a small part of one tower of the castle remains. The High Street has many wynds or closes off it, and on the North side are traces of crofts or narrow strips of land surviving from medieval land tenure. St Mary's Church was erected as a Collegiate Church in 1545 on the site of the earlier church of St Nicholas. It was the last Collegiate Church to be founded in Scotland before the Reformation. At the West end of the town is a bridge called Cadger Bridge over the Biggar Burn. It gets its name from the fact that Wallace was said to have crossed this bridge disguised as a cadger before defeating Edward I of England at a battle on the moss to the South and East of Biggar.
In previous times Biggar was the centre for Scottish industries such as weaving. The crowning of the Fleming Queen in July, which ceremony still continues, commemorates Mary Fleming from Boghall Castle, who was one of Mary Stuart's four Marys.
North East of the town lies the attractive village of Skirling. It has on the village green some oddly shaped wrought-iron work and painted animals and birds, a local decoration not known anywhere else in Scotland. The work was the product of the fertile imagination of Lord Carmichael, who lived there.
Nearby towns: Carluke, Lanark, Lesmahagow, Moffat, Peebles
Nearby villages: Abington, Braehead, Broughton, Carmichael, Carnwath, Carstairs, Coulter, Crawfordjohn, Dolphinton, Douglas, Elsrickle, Forth, Kilncadzow, Newbigging, New Lanark, Pettinain, Quothquan, Symington, Thankerton, West Linton, Wiston
Have you decided to visit Biggar or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Biggar bed and breakfast (a Biggar B&B or Biggar b and b)
- a Biggar guesthouse
- a Biggar hotel (or motel)
- a Biggar self-catering establishment, or
- other Biggar accommodation