Annan is a town on the north shore of the Solway Firth and is just eight miles from the English border.
Annan lies on the east side of the River Annan and began as a river port in the 14th century. Most of modern Annan was built within the past two centuries.
Shipbuilding, engineering and whisky distilling were key local industries of the 19th century, while the 20th century saw the growth of pharmaceuticals and knitwear.
The elegant Annan Bridge was built in 1826 by Robert Stevenson, while the famous Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle attended school in Annan.