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Dumfriesshire - Sanquhar

Sanquhar is a town on the River Nith in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It lies north of Thornhill and west of Moffat. It is a former Royal Burgh.
Sanquhar is notable for its tiny post office (established in 1712), claimed to be the oldest working post office in the world. It was also the place where the Covenanters, who opposed episcopalisation of the church, signed the Sanquhar Declaration renouncing their allegiance to the King, an event commemorated by a monument in the main street. The church of St. Brides contains a memorial to James Crichton, a 16th-century polymath. The ruins of Sanquhar Castle stand nearby. Nithsdale Wanderers F.C., the local team, were formed in 1897. In 1924-5, Wanderers won the Scottish Division Three.
The name "Sanquhar" comes from the Scottish Gaelic language Seann Cathair, meaning "old seat". There is a 15th Century castle ruin that overlooks the town, but the name predates even this ancient fort. The antiquary, William Forbes Skene even considered it the probable location of the settlement named Corda in Ptolemy's Geographia. With its location along the River Nith, Sanquhar has been a major crossroads for centuries. Artifacts have been found here from Neolithic times. The remains of several prehistoric British forts can be found in the area as well as traces of a Roman outpost.

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Rigg House B&B

Tel: 01659 66489

A warm welcome awaits you at the Rigg House. The bed and breakfast is family run and our aim is to make your stay with us as pleasant as possible

The Rigg House nestles in the middle of the Rigg Estate, which is set in approximately 4,000 acres of mature woodland and a melee of young plantations. The River Nith runs through the estate offering great sea trout and salmon fishing in the 11 miles or so of the Uppernithsdale beat.

As well as the wide range of sporting activities on offer close to the Rigg House, you won't have to travel far to find something different.

There are several golf courses close to the Rigg Estate, these include Sanquhar and Thornhill. Troon itself is only about 35 miles away.

Walking, canoeing and gold panning are all available nearby. Also worth seeing is the Armed Forces annual canoeing event held on the River Nith close to Sanquhar.

Don't forget your camera.

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The Glendyne Hotel

Tel: 01659 50203

Glendyne Hotel is a family run pub with rooms. We hope you will visit us for a pint, a meal, or a snack, or stay in one of our pleasant rooms.

We are situated between Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Ayr , and about 18 miles off the M74 via Crawfordjohn or Leadhills.
We are also on the Southern Upland Way (long distance footpath from Portpatrick on the west coast to Cockburnspath on the east), and on the Carlisle-Dumfries-Kilmarnock-Glasgow railway.

We are about 50 minutes from Prestwick Airport and 65 minutes from Glasgow Airport. 

Long distance cyclists find us a handy stopping place, and we have secure storage.

Whether you are visiting Sanquhar for business, pleasure, visiting family or simply passing through, you are sure of a warm welcome from the Masterton family & staff.  

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