Visit Moffat and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway. This well-known little town is set in a deep valley among fine mountains, at the meeting of the roads over Beattock Summit to Glasgow, over the Devil's Beef Tub to Edinburgh, and to St Mary's Loch and the Border abbeys, and also to Carlisle.
Moffat was chartered as a burgh in 1648. Its chalybeate springs were discovered in 1633, and it rapidly became a noted spa, at the apex of its activity as a centre of the fashionable world in the 18th century. The Baths House was built in 1827; the great Hydropathic Hotel, built at the end of the 19th century, was destroyed by fire in 1921. But Moffat is still a considerable tourist centre with facilities for tennis, bowling, fishing, and golf. Moffat House was completed in 1767 for the Earl of Hopetoun.
Moffat has long been a sheep-farming centre; the Colvin fountain, erected in 1875, in the central space, which is surmounted by a huge bronze ram symbolizes the importance of this.
Among famous visitors to Moffat in the 18th century were Boswell, Burns, and James Macpherson, who launched his Ossianic Fragments in published form while staying at Moffat House, now a hotel. The controversy aroused by this work was once European in its influence.
People still debate the authenticity of Ossianic Fragments, but scholars have largely established that there was a basis of oral tradition supporting parts of Macpherson's claims.
Nearby towns: Biggar, Dumfries, Lochmaben, Lockerbie, Selkirk
Nearby villages: Beattock, Boreland, Crawford, Davington, Dinwoodie Mains, Douglas, Holm, Johnstonebridge, Lochwood
Have you decided to visit Moffat or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Moffat bed and breakfast (a Moffat B&B or Moffat b and b)
- a Moffat guesthouse
- a Moffat hotel (or motel)
- a Moffat self-catering establishment, or
- other Moffat accommodation