The Royal Burgh of Annan is the principal town of Annandale and Eskdale and the third largest in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland. Annan is on the River Annan about a mile from its mouth which is on the Solway Firth.
It does seem to be currently undergoing a bit of a revival if the high street is anything to go by; new shops, bars and restaurants are opening and the once abandoned shop fronts are taking on new life.
Annan is also the birthplace of explorer Hugh Clapperton.
Annan is by-passed to the north by the A75 Carlisle to Stranraer trunk road with links into the town at either end. The A75 joins the A74(M) motorway near Gretna, the A74(M) then merges into the M6 at the Scotland/England border.
Annan station is about 400m to the south of the High Street.
Scotrail run a sparse service (particularly poor on Sundays with no morning trains) from Glasgow Central to Carlisle via Dumfries and Kilmarnock that calls at Annan. Some trains carry onto to Newcastle upon Tyne via Hexham. Trains take just over 2-hours to Glasgow, 15-minutes to Dumfries and 20-minutes to Carlisle. Additional trains run between Dumfries and Carlisle at peak times.
If travelling to Glasgow it can be quicker (although usually more expensive) to drive to Carlisle or Lockerbie and catch one of the faster trains running along the West Coast Main Line. If you are going to Edinburgh driving to Lockerbie or Carlisle is recommended (or catch train to Carlisle and change for an Edinburgh train)
Stagecoach run most local buses and the longer distance buses to and from Dumfries and Carlisle. The bus station is off Butts Street to the north of High Street.
National Cycle Route 7 on its way from Inverness to Sunderland passes through Annan; a new bridge over the river has been built to carry it to the south of the town.
The town is fairly compact and can be explored on foot. However, if you wish to explore the surrounding area public transport is not very good and a car or bicycle is required.
- 1 Annan Museum, Bank Street, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Annan Museum houses a permanent exhibition on the history of Annan. This is a fascinating walk through time from the prehistoric period right up to the first world war with interactives and children’s activities.
- Anthorn Radio Station. Look across the Solway Firth after dark to see the distinctive red lights on the radio masts. Powfoot is a good place from which to see this phenomenon.
- 1 Annan Athletic Football Club, Galabank, North Street (About 1/2-mile north of the town on the banks above the river), ☎ . Currently in the 2nd Division of the Scottish Football League. In season 2012/3 Annan were the only team to beat Rangers home and away.
- 2 Devil's Porridge Exhibition, Near Stanfield Farm, Annan Road, Eastriggs, DG12 6TF (About 3-miles to east of Annan on B721), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm; Sundays 10am-4pm. Excellent privately run exhibition on the history of the local munitions industry. Now in new location £5.00.
- 3 Powfoot Golf Course, Cummertrees, DG12 5QE, ☎ . 18-hole course half links half parkland, designed by the legendary James Braid in 1903 the course offers a superb test of golf with its many challenging holes which are set among whins and rough and has earned Powfoot the tag of 'one of golf's best kept secrets'
- Historic Walk of Annan. Print off you own walking tour of Annan
- River Annan Walk, Battery Street (Head down the street by the side of The Blue Bell Inn). Walk up the east side of the river and back down the west side. You can walk up to Brydekirk (about 6-miles round trip) or cross at the second footbridge (about 4-miles) or at the first bridge, just short of the A75 viaduct (about 2-miles)
- 4 Broom Fisheries, Broom Farm Estate, Newbie, DG12 5PF (Off B724 about a mile west of Annan), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Five waters dedicated to coarse and match fishing, together with a fully stocked tackle shop, caravan & camping site, toilets and ample parking adjacent to the waters.
- 5 Farmers Den, Lady Street Annan, DG12 5DA, ☎ . A young kids soft play activity centre in Annan
- 6 Annandale Distillery, Northfield, DG12 5LL (Go passed Annan Football ground (Galabank), cross the A75 the turning is then about a further 1/4 mile on the left.), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. New distillery which gives guided tours; also has a shop and café. Highly recommended.
- Riding of the Marches. The Marches or boundaries of Annan have been ridden since the town was created a Royal Burgh more than 600 years ago. Each year in early July more than one hundred horsemen and horsewomen Ride the Marches to ensure that the landmarks, cairns and other features have not been removed or tampered with.
Annan is not a location for retail therapy but provides all the needs of its locals with both local independent shops and supermarkets.
- 1 Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, Glasgow Road, Gretna, DG16 5GG (Follow signs from M6 / A75 about 10-miles from Annan), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9am to 6pm (5pm on Sundays). Designer Outlet Village
- 1 Amir's Spice, 49 High Street, Annan (On High Street opposite war memorial), ☎ . Indian, where you can eat in, take-away or have delivered.
- 2 Cafe Royal, 95 High St, DG12 6DJ, ☎ . 08:00 - 20:00. Fish & Chips, sit in and takeaway. It is family run. Closes relatively early, don't expect it to be open when you leave the pub. Also does breakfast
- 3 Cibo Citto, 95A High Street, DG126DJ (On High Street above Cafe Royal, entrance down side.), ☎ . Newly opened Italian above The Café Royal
- 4 The Corner House Hotel - Coffee Lounge Bar, 78 High Street, DG12 6DL, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 8AM - 11PM. Freshly made coffee, homemade soups and light meals. £1- £10.
- 5 Del Amitri Restaurant, Powfoot Hotel, Powfoot, DG12 5PN (About 3-miles from Annan), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Excellent food at new location. Fine dining in the Bistro or bar meals.
- 6 The Lounge, 116 High Street, ☎ . Pleasant place for a coffee break or breakfast.
- 1 The Anglers, 61 High Street, DG12 6AD, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Cocktail and sports bar. Also tea room and coffee shop
- 2 The Blue Bell Inn, 10 High Street (adjacent to the River Annan bridge), ☎ . Traditional pub with Robert Burns' quotes on the walls; ever changing selection of real ales; sports shown. Holds a popular Beer Festival on the weekend of the English August Bank Holiday
- 3 The Farmers Inn, Main Street, Clarencefield (on B724 approx 5-miles west of Annan), ☎ . Serves real ale, also does accommodation and meals. Interestingly it doubles up as the village Post Office.
- 4 The Shed, 7 Lady Street, DG12 5DA (Located just off the main Annan High Street at the top of Lady Street). Sports bar and more including live music, disco and karaoke
- 1 The Corner House Hotel, 78 High Street, DG12 6DL (In the centre of town, on the corner of Lady Street and the High Street), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. With 18 en-suite rooms, it provides accommodation with a warm welcome for visitors to the town: free wifi available in the coffee, lounge bar. On-site car parking, with CCTV system Rooms From £32.
- 2 The Farmers Inn, Main Street, Clarencefield (on B724 approx 5-miles west of Annan), ☎ . Accommodation in lodge at rear of the Inn.
- 3 Firth Hotel, 41 Scotts Street, DG12 6JE (on B721 to east of town centre), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Family run B&B and licensed bar.
- 4 Hoddom Castle (About 5-miles north on B723), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Caravanning, camping, fishing, golfing, walking, children's play area
- 5 Queensbury Arms Hotel, 47 High St (On main street opposite the war memorial), ☎ .
- 6 Powfoot Hotel, Powfoot, Dumfries and Galloway, DG12 5PN (Powfoot is off the B724 about 3-miles west of Annan), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Newly re-opened under new management. Includes the Del Amitri Restaurant