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Annan The History Town

Enlivening Annan's past to create a brighter future for the town...

Local Visitor Attractions

Annandale Distillery

 Annandale Distillery is a great day out for the whole family. Discover the spirit reborn, find out about our award winning single cask single malts. Find out about the science behind the flavours with tours on the hour every hour. Taste the flavours at the Maltings Coffee Shop. Open 7 days.

Annan Harbour

The oldest part of Annan Harbour quay dates back to Georgian times and was designed by Thomas Telford. Fast clipper ships were built here in the mid 19th century, while the port generated wealth for the town until the mid 20th century. After 50 years of neglect Annan Harbour Action Group are embarking on a multi-million pound regeneration project that will reconnect the town with its maritime and natural heritage.

Annan the History Town Festival  

What are you doing this summer? Why not visit Annan? Our hearty welcome will make you glad you came …. and July and August is just one long festival of fun!. It all starts in the first week of July with Annan Riding of the Marches when over 100 riders and horses check the burgh boundaries for intruders… while visitors and locals enjoy a convivial time in town. Late in the afternoon the massed pipe bands welcome back the Cornet and his Lass who bring good news to the crowds that the Royal Burgh is secure again for another year.

Then our History Town Group takes over for eight weeks. The High Street, back courts and wynds come alive with music and a buzz of activity. Walks and talks bring the story of Annan alive, from Robert the Bruce to Rabbie Burns. The fine sandstone Town Centre tells a story of Georgian and Victorian prosperity when Annan embraced the industrial revolution and became a gateway to the New World.

Every building reminds us of history, where Bonnie Prince Charlie camped, where Hare, the Bodysnatcher, took refuge and every pub has someone who can remember when the government owned it to control drink for the war effort. Look out for our weekend themed events at

… And then, just when you think it’s all over, August Bank Holiday heralds the very popular Annan Harbour Festival, a poignant reminder of when we built some of the fastest ships on the ocean, Stalls, great food and entertainment… and, if the tide is right, a boat trip on to the Solway.