The ‘Muckle Toon’ of Langholm is the birthplace of the legendary poet Hugh McDiarmid and is famous for its annual Common Riding festival.
Langholm-born Hugh McDiarmid was perhaps Scotland’s greatest modern poet and in his home town you can follow the McDiarmid Trail to the McDiarmid Memorial. A further claim to fame for Langholm is that the Langholm Town Band is reputedly the oldest brass band in Scotland.
A highlight of the year is the tradition of the Langholm Common Riding, an unforgettable summer spectacle that involves some epic horse-riding, athletics, dancing, a giant thistle and much pageantry.
One of Scotland’s great salmon rivers, the River Esk, flows through Langholm and permits are available for game fishing on the Esk. The area also provides excellent walking opportunites with waymarked routes through the surrounding hills.