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Biggar is a town in South Lanarkshire, southeast Scotland, 30 miles southwest of Edinburgh.

Biggar is popular for its Gasworks Museum on the south side of town with Burnbraes Park with a Kids Play next to the Gasworks. In the town centre are Biggar Kirk, Corn Exchange Theatre, Biggar & Upper Clydsdale Museum, and Albion Trucks Museum. The Puppet Theatre and Public Park are on the northeast side with the park having Golf, Putting, Bowls, Tennis, Camping/Touring, and a Pond full of friendly Ducks. Cornhill Castle for Meals and Afternoon Tea is 3 miles south, and Carmichael Visitor Centre with a Bistro/Cafe, Walks, Wax Models, and Farm Shop 7 miles northwest.

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Camping & Touring Parks in the area.

The image top is of the Biggar War Memorial and Cross Keys Inn on the southwest end of the High Street, a few hundred yards from the Town centre.

The Gasworks Museum is a short walk up Gas Works Road behind the Cross Keys. This was the first small town Gasworks in Scotland, built in the 1830s, making Coal Gas for use in the Town. Biggar was one of the last to close in 1973, after less expensive North Sea Gas was piped all around the UK in the late 1960s - 1970s.

Up past the Gasworks Museum is Burnbraes Park with a Kids Play area.

Biggar Kirk is just north of the Town Centre, up Kirkstyle, with a number of Church buildings in the Towns most scenic area. The Kirk was completed in 1546 on the site of an earlier Church from the 1100s.

Across the road from the Kirk is the Moat Park Church, built in 1865. This church was used as a Heritage Centre from 1988 until its contents were moved to the Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum that opened on the High Street in 2015.

Biggar Town Centre is wide with the High Street and two minor Streets on each side with parking. There is a good selection of local shops, hotels/diners, and cafes.

The Crown Inn is in the centre of the High Street with outdoor seating.

The Elphistone Hotel is at the top of the High Street, built in the 1600s? Hotel History.

Biggar Corn Exchange is on the other side of the High Street, built in 1861. This building was refurbished in 2010 with it now used as a Cinema, Entertainment Venue, and for Public Events.

The Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum opened in 2015, a short walk up the High Street from the Corn Exchange. Many of the Exhibits used to be on show in the Moat Park Church from 1988 to 2015.

The Biggar Museum covers the area for Pre-History, Copper & Bronze Age 2,000 BC, Romans in the 300s, Moat and Bailey Castles in the 1100s, the Fleming's from the 1200s most powerful family in the area that had links to Robert the Bruce and later Mary Queen of Scots, 1800s industry, and 1800s and 1900s shops laid out as if they were still operating.

The Biggar Puppet Theatre is on the northeast side of the Town, on the road that leads to the Golf Course and Public Park.

Biggar Golf Club was founded in 1895.

Biggar Public Park is next to the Golf Club with Putting, Tennis, Lawn Bowling, Pond full of friendly Ducks, Art Sculptures, and a Touring and Camping site.

Cornhill Castle is 3 miles south of Biggar in a country Estate. You can visit for Meals or Afternoon Tea. The Castle was built in 1851 for William Handyside and transformed to a Hotel in 1998 by Mr and Mrs Fraioli. Castle History.

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