Tumbling rivers, vast forests and a rocky shoreline can all be discovered on the doorstep of this Lowland town. Annan is located in Dumfries and Galloway, in southwest Scotland. It occupies a spectacular position on the banks of the River Annan, close to where it meets the Solway Firth. The town started life as a river port, with a royal castle built by Robert the Bruce in the early 14th century. With its graceful red-sandstone architecture and rich heritage of shipbuilding, engineering and whisky distilling, Annan is an excellent base for discovering the region. Wander into the town centre from your holiday cottage in Annan and you will discover a thriving community, with independent shops and great places to eat and drink.
There are many historic landmarks in and around Annan to look out for, including Annandale Distillery, Hoddom Castle, and the town hall, which was built in 1878 from local sandstone. Perhaps the town’s most famous landmark is Annan Bridge. Built in the 19th century, it was designed by Robert Stevenson and features three distinctive stone arches. Self-catering holidays in Annan provide visitors with the opportunity to experience one of the region’s best-loved traditions – the Riding of the Marches, featuring a mounted cavalcade every year, on the first Saturday of July. The annual bagpipe festival also attracts visitors from far and wide. Annan holiday cottages are popular among hikers, thanks to the Annandale Way, a beautiful 53-mile route from the source of the River Annan to the sea. Directly to the town’s south, the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to sweeping sandy beaches and rocky coastal walks. A scenic one-hour drive westward from Annan, Galloway Forest Park is a paradise for hiking, mountain-biking and wildlife-watching. Across the English border, the Pennines and the Lake District are close enough for day trips from holiday cottages in Annan.