Lochmaben guards the route from England into
Annandale and has always held a strategic
position. Robert the Bruce may have been born and
spent his childhood at Lochmaben Castle
(contrarily, it may also have been at Turnberry
Castle) on the south shore of Castle Loch.
Although the castle is now just a magnificent ruin, it has a powerful, sentimental atmosphere.
The area itself is a paradise for walkers. In the town are statues of both Bruce and William Paterson, founder in 1694 of the Bank of England.