Annan is a town in Dumfries and Galloway. It is a short distance inland from the Solway Firth situated between Dumfries (16-miles) and Gretna (8.5-miles).


Annan River road bridge

The Royal Burgh of Annan is the principal town of Annandale and Eskdale and the third largest in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland. Annan is on the River Annan about a mile from its mouth which is on the Solway Firth.

It does seem to be currently undergoing a bit of a revival if the high street is anything to go by; new shops, bars and restaurants are opening and the once abandoned shop fronts are taking on new life.

Get in

By car

Annan is by-passed to the north by the A75 Carlisle to Stranraer trunk road with links into the town at either end. The A75 joins the A74(M) motorway near Gretna, the A74(M) then merges into the M6 at the Scotland/England border.

By train

Scotrail run a sparse service (a train every 2-hours in each direction and less on Sundays) from Glasgow Central to Carlisle via Dumfries and Kilmarnock that calls at Annan. Some trains carry onto to Newcastle upon Tyne via Hexham. Trains take just over 2-hours to Glasgow, 15-minutes to Dumfries and 20-minutes to Carlisle. Additional trains run between Dumfries and Carlisle at peak times.

If travelling to Glasgow or Edinburgh it can be quicker (although usually more expensive) to drive to Carlisle or Lockerbie and catch one of the faster trains running along the West Coast Main Line.

By bus

Stagecoach run most local buses and the longer distance buses to and from Dumfries and Carlisle. The bus station is off Butts Street to the north of High Street.

By bicycle

National Cycle Route 7 on its way from Inverness to Sunderland passes through Annan; a new bridge over the river has been built to carry it to the south of the town.

Get around

The town is fairly compact and can be explored on foot. However, if you wish to explore the surrounding area public transport is not very good and a car or bicycle is required.



Annan High Street


Annan is not a location for retail therapy but provides all the needs of its locals with both local independent shops and supermarkets.




Hoddom Castle


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