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