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Local area & history

The importance of Lochmaben lies in its strategic position. Due to the forest and marsh, travellers to Scotland from England had to either branch off westward to Galloway or northeastward for Lothian. Either way it was necessary to travel first as far local shops including post office, as Lochmaben.

The Brus family (ancestors of Robert the Bruce), moved to Lochmaben by 1166.

Edward I of England probably built the first castle in Lochmaben in 1298 but the castle that still stands was built some 60 years later. James IV carried out extreme repairs in the 1490s, but the heyday of the castle was over and by the 17th Century it was out of use.

The town of Lochmaben has had some noteable sons including Robert the Bruce 1274-1329, the King of Scotland from 1306-1329 and William Pateson 1658-1719 founder of the Bank of England.

Lochmaben in Dumfries and Galloway is a small royal burgh situated in the valley of Annan, approximately 8½ miles from Dumfries, it sits between the CastleLoch, Kirk Loch and Mill Loch. Kirk Loch has a Championship 18 hole golf course, while Castle Loch has its own sailing club and on its banks lies

a bowling green plus tennis courts. As well as the local lochs, fishing is available on the River Nith Dryfe and Annan.

Lochmaben has a full collection of local shops including post office, chemist and bakery but close by are the main shopping centres of Dumfries and Carlisle with Glasgow not much longer than an hour by train or car.

The West Coast Mainline stops at Lockerbie just 4 miles away and makes for easy access to Edinburgh Glasgow, Carlisle and the Virgin route service to London Euston.

The local area is famed for its high standard of living, low crime rate, friendly people and stunning surroundings.

wonderful area reknowned for it's beauty
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