High Street, Langholm, Scottish Borders.

High Street, Langholm, Scottish Borders.

This evening, I am focusing on Langholm in the Scottish Borders. Location is approximately 25 miles drive from Carlisle, in Dumfries & Galloway.

This town (population of about 2500) has an interesting history most prominent aspect of which is involvement with the Border Reivers era and Clan Armstrong in particular. Today the town is closely associated with Clan Armstrong which in turn is identified with nearby Gilnockie Tower. A summary of history and related facts:

  • The name translates as ‘Long Meadow’ but is known locally as ‘Muckle Toon’
  • Located in the county of Dumfries and Galloway.
  • During the industrial era was home to a vibrant textile industry and many mills. Today, the nationwide retail chain of Edinburgh Woollen Mills has its Head Office in the town.
  • Langholm has two famous sons: the poet, Hugh MacDiarmid and engineer, Thomas Telford.
  • The River Esk flows through the town centre.
  • In the centre of Langholm is the remains of a 16th century Tower House (castle) closely associated with the Armstrongs. See image below.
  • Moonwalker, Neil Armstrong was made a Freeman of the town in 1972 in recognition of his ancestral links with Langholm.

I invariably visit Langholm in context of Border Reiver or Clan Armstrong  themed tours. There are many interesting sites nearby including Hermitage Castle.

Gilnockie Tower, Canonbie, Scotland.

Gilnockie Tower, Canonbie, Scotland.

Langholm Castle, Scottish Borders.

Langholm Castle, Scottish Borders.

Meadow with sheep in centre of Langholm

Meadow with sheep in centre of Langholm

Eskdale Hotel, Langholm, Scotland.

Eskdale Hotel, Langholm, Scotland.

Town Hall, Langholm, Scottish Borders.

Town Hall, Langholm, Scottish Borders.

High Street, Langholm, Scottish Borders.

High Street, Langholm, Scottish Borders.

Market Place, Langholm, Scotland.

Market Place, Langholm, Scotland.

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