Of great strategic importance,
Moffat lies at the crossroads of key routes to the
awesome Devil’s Beeftub and on to Edinburgh, or
through the steep-sided Moffat Water towards the
Yarrow Valley. In the 19th century it
became a famous spa town, attracting aristocrats
such as the Empress Eugenie of France. It was also
an important wool centre, which is why the
life-like statue of ram stands in its main street.
This pretty town also boasts the shortest street
in Scotland (Chapel Street) and the narrowest (Syme
Street), not forgetting the narrowest hotel!
The man who invented tarmac,
John McAdam, is buried here while Lord Dowding,
head of Fighter Command in World War II, was born
Moffat - Photo: Visit Scotland