The River Esk, Wauchope
Water and Ewes Water come together at this
spot and are spanned by a series of bridges,
one of which was worked on by a young
apprentice who turned out to be the great
bridge-builder Thomas Telford.
He was born nearby. The town is an important textile centre with a number of thriving mills and is not only the birthplace of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid but also the home of the Armstrong family whose famous relation, Neil, became the first man on the moon.
Nearby Eskdalemuir is home to Britain’s only Buddhist temple. Each summer Langholm hosts a festival designed to assert the right of locals to cut peat and bracken.