Lochmaben sits close the border with England, between Lockerbie & Dumfries, It was a strategically important location with an important Castle. A small town with long historical record owing to its position on the border and its natural assets of lochs and fertile soils. Today the town is bypassed by main roads and retains a local charm and sense of community.
The strategic importance of Lochmaben and its demise is inscribed in the history of the castle which remains impressive today even though ruined. The castle is well worth a visit (see below). The town's fortunes have varied over time including at one stage being the poorest Burgh in souther Scotland.
Lochmaben is a good place to stop on your way West into Dumfries and Galloway. The broad high street with its statue of Robert Bruce is the heart of the town. It is claimed that Lochmaben is the birth place of The Bruce, but it is not much supported by documents.
Local Sights & Activities for Lochmaben
The main sight is Lochmaben Castle which is open all year
Lochmaben Hotels & Accommodation
Recommended is The Hightae Inn ( Tel - 01387 811711 ) which is about 2 miles outside Lochmaben and has 5 ensuite rooms