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Top 10 tourists attractions in the area

Crawick Multiverse

Address: B740, Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway DG4 6ET Hours: 10AM - 6PM Phone: 01659 50242

Crawick Multiverse is an amazing land art installation for you to explore and enjoy. Whether you are interested in cosmology, science, art or just want to walk your dog and savour the beautiful landscape we look forward to welcoming you.


The local town of Sanquhar has been home to our family for over 100 years. It has various amenities and tourist attractions. The southern upland way passes through Sanquhar, enabling you to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. The river Nith provides an ideal spot for fishing and canoeing enthusiasts.

Take advantage of the local golf club as well as the Forsyth Upper Nithsdale (FUN) swimming pool.

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

Address: High St, Sanquhar DG4 6BN Hours: 10AM - 4PM ⋅ Phone: 01659 50186

Soak up Sanuquhar’s historic past at the Tolbooth museum. Well laid out , and very interesting museum in the centre of Sanquhar . Excellent , very knowledgeable staff .

The Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum is easy to find. It’s situated where the High Street narrows to one lane. It’s also free to visit.

Allow 30 minutes for your visit. It’s well worth it.

Oldest post office

Why not visit the oldest post office in the world ?

Sanquhar is home to the oldest post office in the world. It opened its doors in 1712, and is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the first post office in the world.

A’ the Airts

Address: 8-12 High St, Sanquhar DG4 6BL Hours:10AM- 4PM ⋅ Opens 10AM Fri Phone: 01659 50514

A’ The Airts in the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar is a Community Arts and Crafts centre nestled in the heart of Upper Nithsdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Our fully accessible building is a hub where individuals can meet and express their creativity. Our varied groups who use the centre also love the warm and welcoming atmosphere here. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy wonderful refreshments and free WiFi in our café.

Our shop is a great place to browse unique Sanquhar Pattern knitwear and accessories – some exclusive to A’ the Airts – and a superb variety of wares from local crafters.

Sanquhar knitting pattern tour

Address: Sanquhar Pattern Designs,  

8 - 12 High Street, Sanquhar, DG4 6BL

Phone: +44 1659 50514.


  • On arrival, home-baked delicious scones and shortbread with tea or coffee from A’ the Airts Cafe .

  • A demonstration of the hand-knitting of Sanquhar Gloves.

  • A presentation on the history and heritage of the Sanquhar Knitting.

  • Overview of how the tradition of the pattern is being kept alive by the Sanquhar Pattern Designs team.

  • See how the patterns are crafted on knitting machines and finished as garments and other products.

  • Entrance to the Tolbooth Museum to see the historical displays of antique knitwear.

  • Visit to the oldest working post office in the world.

  • A chance to speak to the Sanquhar Pattern Designs team and view the range of products they produce.

  • Lunch in A’ the Airts Cafe, or if the party is larger, then this will take place in a private exclusive area.

  • Shopping for Sanquhar Pattern Designs and other locally made crafts in our shop

Address: Main St, Biggar ML12 6SS Phone: 01864 504202

Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture a registered museum dedicated to preserving the life of hill farmers working high in the hills of South Lanarkshire.

why not pay us a visit to see for yourself how your ancestors may have lived, worked and played in this rural community. We are a small band of local volunteers who have a wide knowledge of the area and the people who lived here. The history of Crawfordjohn goes back many generations and centuries.

Museum of lead Mining - Wanlockhead Village

Address: Visitor Centre Wanlockhead,

Wanlockhead ML12 6UT Hours: 11AM -4:30PM Phone: 01659 74387

Only 8 miles from the M74, The Museum of Lead Mining in Wanlockhead sits amidst the Lowther Hills, directly on the Southern Upland Way.   The Museum is a not-for-profit charity run by a Board of Trustees dedicated to preserving the rich mining and social heritage and history of the area.

Discover our 18th century lead mine  where you will experience the thrill of going on the only underground mine tour in Scotland.

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Drumlanrig castle

Address: Thornhill DG3 4AQ Opened: 1691

The next town from sanquhar on the A76 is the beautiful town of Thornhill. There are a selection of upmarket boutiques, restaurants and cafes. It is also home to the famous Drumlanrig Castle Estate, owned by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch.

The castle and its surroundings are open to the public. Take a picnic and enjoy the magnificent walks and many cycling trails. There is an adventure playground for the children to enjoy.

In the other direction, following the B740, towards Lanark you will find a host of activities around the liely market town of Lanark. One of the main attractions is the historic New Lanark Museum, with magnificent scenery and the falls of the Clyde. Well worth a visit!

New Lanark

Address: New Lanark Rd, Lanark ML11 9DB Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Fri Phone: 01555 661345

New Lanark is a village on the River Clyde, approximately 1.4 miles from Lanark, in Lanarkshire, and some 25 miles southeast of Glasgow, Scotland. It was founded in 1786 by David Dale, who built cotton mills and housing for the mill workers.

Annie Mcleod Experience

Address: New Lanark Rd, Lanark ML11 9DB Hours: 11AM- 4PM Phone: 01555 661345

Travel back in time on the Annie McLeod Experience Ride! Enter the spirit world of New Lanark and be taken on a fascinating journey of discovery by the ghost of mill worker Annie McLeod who tells her story of life in New Lanark in 1820. Commentary is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish & Japanese.

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