Lanholm and River Esk, Scottish Borders.

This evening, I am focusing on Langholm in the Scottish Borders region, about seventy-eight miles south of Edinburgh.

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.
  • 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.

Remains of Langholm Castle

Centre of Langholm looking North.

Centre of Langholm looking South

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