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    Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall.

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 13, 2013
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    This waterfall is 10 miles north of Moffat, on the A708. It is well worth a visit.

    The Grey Mare's Tail is one of southern Scotland's most spectacular landmarks, falling some 200feet into a gorge. It is the fifth highest waterfall in Britain and really is impressive but be aware that on wet days, the paths can be treacherous as it is a very steep climb to the top.

    My aim was to walk to the top and onto Loch Skeen from where the waterfall eventually descends. Unfortunately, the rain was relentless and the chance of any decent photos nigh on impossible. I also wasn't too keen on navigating the cliffedge path on my own in the rain, as Nick refused to acompany me. So, unfortunately, I gave up after climbing steeply for fifteen minutes. A real pity, I shall have to return on a better day!

    There is a car park with an honesty box and in season, a ranger occuppies a trailer parked here.

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    The Moffat Toffee Shop

    by GillianMcLaughlin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Moffat Toffee Shop

    Mecca for sweet-toothed locals and visitors alike, the Moffat Toffee Shop has been ruining teeth for generations. It’s leading brand, the Moffat Toffee itself, is a hard caramel with a sour, acid-drop like centre that is nothing short of exquisite to those in the know. It is available in tins that have not changed in design since , well, since forever. The recipe, as with the way of these things, is a long-held family secret, but newspaper cuttings have revealed that it was included in rations taken on early Arctic expeditions.

    But the Moffat Toffee shop is a veritable emporium for all teeth-rotting substances. The walls are insulated with shelves full of glass jars of every type of sweet you remember from childhood... all sold by weight in paper bags. At the back of the shop is the fudge counter offering a wide range of home-made delicacies.. and a fine selection of whisky is also for sale... yes, a must-see in its own right.

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  • Hugh Dowding memorial

    by socheid Updated Mar 30, 2008

    Moffat has a recreation park with a boating pond and a memorial to Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, who was born in Moffat in 1882.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Dowding

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moffat

    http://www.visitmoffat.co.uk/pages/content.asp

    Aviation enthusiasts may also be interested to know that nearby in Dumfries is Dumfries Aviation Museum

    http://www.dumfriesaviationmuseum.com/

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    It does what is says on the packet

    by GillianMcLaughlin Updated Feb 20, 2005

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    The Moffat Wine Shop

    Moffat has cornered the market in establishing trading outlets whose purpose in life and location are beyond dispute. Aside from the Moffat Toffee Shop, already mentioned, you will also find the Moffat Weavers, the Moffat Shoe Shop and, featured in the picture, the Moffat Wine Shop.

    Indeed Moffat, along with many small towns in the Dumfriesshire area, has managed to retain a very high number of traditional, family-run businesses offering locals and visitors quality with a personal touch.

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    Wool industry

    by GillianMcLaughlin Updated Feb 20, 2005

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    Moffat: Colvin fountain

    Moffat is justifiably proud of its long heritage in the wool industry. The town’s repute came initially from its strategic importance as a centre for spinning, weaving and knitting. Today this heritage remains prevalent in the high street that boasts several Scottish goods shops and the larger Moffat Weavers centre just behind the Esso garage at the south end of the high street. Yup... certainly a great place to stock up on kilts, knitwear and cashmere... and cheaper than the major tourist destinations. There is also a working weaving exhibition at the Moffat Weavers.

    This history is recalled each year in the annual gala (town festival) and is manifested in one of the town’s most significant landmark, the Colvin Fountain that sits in the middle of the High Street. It was gifted to the town by wealthy merchant William Colvin. Local hearsay would have it that the sculptor committed suicide when he realised that the ram had no ears!

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    Moffat: The Star Hotel

    by GillianMcLaughlin Updated Feb 20, 2005

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    Britain's narrowest hotel

    As Scotland's first Spa town, Moffat also boasts a long and proud history in the hospitality industry. Along the high street you will find many hotels, each with its own claims to myth and famous residents. In the middle of the high street you will find the Star Hotel, listed since time immemorial in the Guinness Book of Records as Britains Narrowest free-standing hotel.

    At a mere 20 feet / 6 metres its 17th century sandstone facade gives entrance to a true local ambience, with 8 rooms, restaurant and bars where visitors mix with locals doing what locals do best: chatting, playing darts and dominoes, drinking and eating. Indeed the hotel has a good reputation for simple but good home cooking.

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