Annan & Whisky
Annan has a newly re-opened distillery - Annandale (2 miles). Production commenced in November 2014.
There's a Whisky Shop in Dumfries - TB Watson (aka Drambusters) (15 miles). Avoid the tourist trap of Gretna Green (9 miles), which does sell Whisky, but at extortionate prices.
Next nearest Distillery: Bladnoch (60 miles).
Annan as with any border town has had a fairly turbulent history. Along with Eskdale to the East, Annandale provides natural access to Southern Scotland, and though they don't go through Annan itself, the West Coast Main Line and the M74 head for Annandale soon after crossing the border.
Robert the Bruce's family owned Annan Castle, and one of his titles was Lord of Annandale
Even when Scotland and England were at peace, for 200 years the borders were notorious for Reivers, armed horsemen who stole cattle and anything else they could lay their hands on.
From 1869 to 1934 Annan had a direct connection to England - the Solway Viaduct - a mile long railway crossing. After the trains stopped running in 1921, locals found it useful for getting to England on Sundays, when alcohol wasn't available in Scotland.
Arriving & Departing
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Annan is on National Cycle Route 7 and has many local cycle routes. Annan (ANN) rail station has level access to both platforms (Platform 1 from Station Road off St John's Road, Platform 2 from path off Elm Road) with fairly regular trains to Glasgow & Kilmarnock, a few more (especially on Saturdays) to Carlisle - some of which go on to Newcastle - except on Sundays when the service is awful - first train 1315 - and not many more - only two each way to Glasgow all day! Live train times
Rowanbank GH 20 St John's Road 01461 204200
Ravenswood House GH 11 St John's Road 01461 206641 @
For other accommodation - see the Annan online Accommodation Page
Del Amitri 95 High Street 01461 201999
Queensberry Arms Hotel 47 High Street 01461 202024
For other restaurants - see the Annan Online Food & Drink Page
Blue Bell Inn 10 High Street 01461 202385
Not the most enormous selection of Malts (about 25), but at £2.10 a dram you can't complain - also serve real ale at around £2.75 a pint.
For other pubs - see the Annan Online Food & Drink Page
Nothing in Annan
Wheels Fargo Hobart Terrace, Eastriggs 01461 700069
Wullie provides a bike repair service 7 days a week - about 2 miles from Annan.
Nearest bike shops (Dumfries):
G&G Cycle Centre Dumfries 10-12 Academy Street 01387 259483
DG2 Wheels 12 Terregles Street 01387 256808
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions and my other pictures of Annan are available on Flickr at: