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Driving in and around Moffat

Nestled at the very heart of the South of Scotland, Moffat is the perfect place from which to tour this lovely part of the world. We're just about 50 miles from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Carlisle and within easy travelling distance of some must-see tourist attractions.

We're so easy to get to. Moffat is just two miles from Junction 15 on the A74(M) - the main trunk route through Scotland. Once off the busy motorway, you'll find it easy to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Make sure you leave yourself time to look around and take in our stunning and unspoilt scenery!

There's a wide range of accommodation, restaurants and cafes and shops for you to enjoy - with prices to suit every budget. There's free parking on the High Street and fuel available 24 hours a day.

For the traveller, Moffat's close proximity to some of our major cities and tourist attractions means that getting around is simple and easy. Stay in Moffat and you're very central for touring to...

Glasgow - host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Edinburgh - Scotland's historic capital, seat of government and the world-famous Edinburgh Festival and Fringe.

Carlisle - a stepping stone away from Hadrians Wall and the Northumberland National Park.

Major tourist attractions in Dumfries & Galloway - such as Galloway Forest Park.

The Ayrshire Coast and Burns Country.

The Scottish Borders including Melrose Abbey and the home of Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford.

Driving on the A701 - photo by Martin Brown

TAKE 5 SERIES - DRIVES RIDES AROUND MOFFAT

Some years ago, keen local walker and cyclist Andy Armstrong researched and created a series of leaflets of places to which people could walk, cycle or drive from Moffat.

Details of the routes for driving can be printed off from this website. The series of pamphlets that comprise Gentle Walks, Moderate Walks, Hard Walks, Using the Southern Upland Way, Walks From the Car, Cycle Rides and Drives are also available at 25p each from Moffat Books in Moffat's Well Street and from A. M. Grieve, Newsagents on Moffat High Street.

FOUR LOCHS AND A WATERFALL
AN ART GALLERY AND 5 MUSEUMS (some attractions are now closed)

THE ETTRICK SHEPHERD AND A BUDDHIST TEMPLE
THE HIGHEST VILLAGE AND THE OLDEST POST OFFICE IN SCOTLAND

THE SOLWAY COAST

Moffat Classic Car Rally

Chevrolet

Started in 1998 by the Scottish Rootes Enthusiasts, the Moffat Classic Car Rally has grown to become the biggest classic car event in Scotland. Set in the beautiful Moffat hills, the rally is an incredible place to exhibit your cherished classic or vintage motor car - while Moffat provides a friendly and memorable visitor experience.

Enthusiasts are coming from all over the world for this years Moffat Classic Car Rally. A total of 900 cars will take part with entrants coming from France and Germany, some down from the Shetland Isles, many from Northern Ireland, Wales as well as Kent, Cornwall and Dorset to take part in this amazing 2 day event.

The fun kicks off on Saturday with a road run (in which 300 cars can participate) to St. Mary's Loch, leaving the town centre in 15 minute intervals in groups of 60 cars.

Entertainment, live music and childrens' attractions are all planned for the showground on the Sunday and the day will wrap up with a ceilidh in the marquee.

This year's Moffat Classic Car Rally takes place on the 28th and 29th June 2014. You can find out more at the Moffat Classic Car Rally website.

Great Drives - the A701

Aston Martin steering wheel

Henry Catchpole's article in the March 2014 edition of Evo magazine (No. 193) lists the A701 from Moffat to Edinburgh as one of his all time favourite roads - perfect for an Aston or a Mini. Even if you don't own either, you really need to visit, just to experience the thrill of the ride!

As the article says...

...when I turned off the motorway at Moffat in my Mini...I wasn't prepared for just how stunning [the A701] was going to be.

Once you're out of town...the road climbs quickly through trees and a couple of tightish turns. It then both opens and straightens out as it heads for the hills across stunning moorland. As you run up towards the Devil's Beef Tub...you can see the magnificent rolling hills of the Borders stretching away to your right.

It's a drive that's too good to miss - even without the Aston! What are you waiting for?

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