The Place

Biggar is a convenient 20 minutes from Junction 13 of the M74 motorway and one of the most centrally located towns in the South of Scotland. It’s a scenic 40 minute drive from Edinburgh and there are regular bus services to Edinburgh, Peebles and Lanark.

Biggar makes the perfect base for exploring the Scottish Borders, the Clyde Valley, Edinburgh and the Lothians, Glasgow and even the southern Highlands. 

A former market town (the livestock market closed in 1996), Biggar remains a thriving community, its picturesque High Street lined with a wide range of independent shops and several pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Biggar is only 30 miles from the centre of Edinburgh with its many attractions and there are regular bus services from Biggar to Edinburgh, Peebles and Lanark with the  stop just two minutes walk from Ferniehaugh.

Not only is Biggar convenient for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but it hosts the Biggar Little Festival of the five arts each October and the Biggar Bonfire each Hogmanay (31 December). 

Some of the many other nearby attractions include:

Biggar Museum
New Lanark World Heritage site
Dawyck Botanic Garden
Rosslyn Chapel
Little Sparta the garden of artist/sculptor Iain Hamilton Finlay
Traquair House  the oldest inhabited house in Scotland with micro-brewery, restaurant and regular events
Jupiter Artland sculpture park and visitor centre
Museum of Lead Mining at Wanlockhead 
Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway the highest narrow guage railway in the UK

There are lots more great suggestions for itineraries, days out, historic sights and a host of events on the Visit Lanarkshire and Visit Scotland websites.

There are many wonderful walks nearby, including:

Falls of Clyde nature reserve
Tinto Hill (including an ancient hillfort and cairn)
Pentland Hills Regional Park