Ecclefechan


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Ecclefechan is a picturesque village, which was visited by Robert Burns, and is the birthplace of Thomas Carlyle. This small village has two food types named after it; the Ecclefechan Tart and Ecclefechan Whisky! Local amenities include two well-stocked shops, a hair and beauty salon and a village park. The village has bus stops that will take you to Lockerbie and Dumfries. Take the bus south and you can easily reach Gretna Green and Carlisle. While on your stay, why not take a lovely peaceful walk around Brownmoor Wood and take in the fantastic views over Ecclefechan. On a clear day, you can see down on to the Solway Coast and across to Cumbria. The village lies at the foot of a large Roman Fort, Burnswick, whose flat top dominates the horizon.

The Arched House of Thomas Carlyle has remained virtually untouched since 1881. The house was constructed by his father and uncle, both local stonemasons, and is a fine example of Scottish 18th-century vernacular architecture. When Thomas Carlyle was 13, he left Ecclefechan and walked 84 miles to Edinburgh, to attend university. He went on to become a great writer and historian.

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