Scottish Tourist Board 5-Star Rated

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Local information & events

Biggar is a thriving border town, with 3 museums, puppet theatre, boating pond, and a public park which has a golf course, tennis courts, and putting green. There are Italian, Chinese, Indian and traditional restaurants and hostelries within the town as well as a dozen country hotels within a short distance

Nearby facilities:
Golf, fishing, shooting [by arrangement], walking and hiking, horse riding [riding school nearby], picnic sites, historical sites, shopping, resaurants, swimming pools, children's play parks

Edinburgh International Festival (Aug-Sept)
A truly worldwide event including the largest arts festival in the world as well as jazz, crafts, comedy, musicals and many more. The Daily Telegraph suggested ; '' Edinburgh in August is not just the most thrilling , beguiling preposterously enjoyable place on Earth; it is also wonderfully addictive."

Hogmanay in Edinburgh
Whichever city you decide to 'Hogmanay'  in you'll be in the middle of 100,000 revellers bringing in the New Year in one of the largest street parties in the world. Edinburgh is around 35-40 minutes by road or rail with numerous museums, historical monuments, castles and interesting things to do for everyone.

Biggar Hogmanay Bonfire
A huge bonfire is built in the middle of the street every year. One the town's oldest residents is selected to light the bonfire at 9.30pm preceded by a torchlight parade up the streets. Thousands of people pack the street to see the New Year in. Dancing to traditional Scottish music with both locals and visitors mingling together.

Lanark (approx 20 mins)
A historical market town dating back to the 1100's which has prospered and developed into one of the largest markets in Scotland. 'Lanimers' week in June is a week-long festival and pageant during which the history of the town is remembered and among other things the Lanimer Queen is crowned.

New Lanark World Heritage Site is located nearby on the River Clyde and dates from 1785. It was originally built to mill cotton and has recently been lovingly and painstakingly restored to its former glory.With its variety of shops it shows how cotton was milled and woven and how life was in those times.

A large town nearby with many sporting facilities including golf, bowling, swimming and football. It also plays host to the largest designer outlet in Scotland with huge savings and many bargains to be had for the shopaholics.

Biggar Gala Day (mid June )
This is the day every summer when a Fleming Queen is crowned in Biggar. The "reign" of the Fleming Queen during Gala Week is an historic tradition in Biggar. Ever since Mary Queen of Scots named Mary Fleming (her cousin and lady-in-waiting) "Queen for a Day" in 1563, a local girl has been selected to be the Fleming Queen. The Fleming Queen is crowned outside the municipal hall at A parade of decorated lorries in the morning and an afternoon of fun for the children is finished off with dancing in the street in the evening.

Vintage Car Rally (early Aug)
The Biggar show field is the venue for the annual vintage car rally run by the Biggar Albion Foundation. An amazing collection of Albion Lorries, vintage cars, vans, buses and tractors with enthusiasts coming from all over the country.


For extensive inforamtion on the local area please visit the Scottish Tourist Board web site


For travel information; For Air travel, you could visit Skyscanner and for Rail travel, National Rail.


Things to Do Nearby
Strathclyde Country Park: Guided walks,wildlife and water sports
Newmill Trout & Deer Farm: six pool trout fishery
South Queensferry: (35 minutes drive)  historical town on the river Forth with famous bridges, a 12th century chapel and beautiful views from the promenade. Many places to eat or drink and railway / bus access to Edinburgh (9 miles). See also which is a tour around Queensferry.
Maid of the Forth: Enjoy a cruise on the Maid of the Forth.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo (40 mins) - Amazing spectacle. Unmissable

Royal Highland Show (30 mins) - Scotland's largest agricultural show and great family day out

Ten pin bowling

Places to Eat Nearby
La Salute, West Calder
The Wee Bush Inn, Carnwath
The Barony, Biggar
Cornhill Castle Hotel, Biggar

Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar




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