Eskdalemuir nestles in the beautiful and peaceful Esk valley in the east of Dumfries and Galloway, a region voted Holiday Destination of the Year 2015/16 by readers of BBC’s Countryfile Magazine. The village is well-known for the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist monastery, as well as the Eskdalemuir Observatory.
Our B&B is named after the hill behind our cottage, where you will find both an iron-age hill-top fort and a Roman fort. The Esk valley has been inhabited since before the Iron Age, with stone circles, settlements and Roman forts to investigate on the ‘Prehistoric Trail’. The border region was fought over by English and Scottish Kings and featured in many Reivers stories. There are plenty of countryside trails around the Romans and Reivers routes, as well as the Reivers Route for cyclists, which is now part of the National Cycle Network. The area has long been home to sheep farming, and boasts a number of eminent people, including including poet James Hogg, and Thomas Telford the bridge and road builder.
There is abundant and varied birdlife to see, and the valley is popular with cyclists because of the lack of traffic, as well as the availability of bacon butties, lunch, tea and coffee at the local Village Community Hub café.