Visit Langholm and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, is a sizeable little town and burgh, on the River Esk, about 8 miles from the English border. Langholm grew rapidly according to a well-developed plan, of which the shape is still visible. In the late 18th century the town was much involved in the cattle trade. In 1788 a cotton-mill was founded, and Langholm became important for cloth-making in 1832, when the manufacture of black-and-white check trousering for shepherds began.
Farther up Eskdale, at a cottage on the Meggat Water, Thomas Telford, one of the giants of the Industrial Revolution and a great builder of roads and bridges, was born and brought up; and in Eskdale he served his apprenticeship, which began his engineering career. The Malcolm brothers, from the nearby village of Burnfoot, all achieved knighthood for services to the State: one of them, Sir Pultney, was Governor of St Helena when Napoleon was a prisoner there; the tall obelisk topping Whita Hill near Langholm celebrates Sir John Malcolm, a “Knight of Eskdale”. A contemporary of Nelson, Admiral Pasley, whose excellent diary was published in the 1930s, was also a Langholm boy. C. M. Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid, the poet) was born at Langholm. Grieve is celebrated as the Scottish nationalist poet of our age, and his powerful verse certainly earns him that title. He has said that had he been born 8 miles to the South he would have been the nationalist poet of England.
The town has a fiery local patriotism that reaches its climax with the Common Riding on the last Friday in July; this began as a walk round the marches in 1759, the horse-riding beginning in 1816. About 1½ miles South of the town is the site of a series of Roman forts at Broomholm. The Wauchope medieval motte and churchyard lie a little West of the town; Langholm Castle is the remains of a Border tower.
Nearby cities: Carlisle
Nearby towns: Brampton, Gretna, Hawick, Lockerbie
Nearby villages: Bentpath, Canonbie, Chapelknowe, Eaglesfield, Eskdalemuir, Kershopefoot, Kirtlebridge, Middlebie, Newcastleton, Springfield, Waterbeck
Have you decided to visit Langholm or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Langholm bed and breakfast (a Langholm B&B or Langholm b and b)
- a Langholm guesthouse
- a Langholm hotel (or motel)
- a Langholm self-catering establishment, or
- other Langholm accommodation