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Annan is 16 miles southeast of Dumfries, 8 miles northwest of Gretna Green for runaway Weddings.

Annan is popular for its Museum, Robert Burns Cairn at Waterfoot by the Harbour for fresh seafood, visiting the Annandale Distillery 1 mile northeast, Devils Porridge Museum 4 miles southeast, Ruthwell Cross 7 miles west, Ruthwell Savings Bank Museum 7 miles west, and Caerlaverock Castle 13 miles west.

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The image top is looking down the High Street with the Town Hall at the north end.

The Annan Museum is just off the High Street on Bank Street, covering the History of Annan and the Area.

The Corner House Hotel is on the High Street with a Cafe Lounge Bar, an ornate building built with Red Sandstone from the area, claimed to be the best there is, great for carvings that will last as seen here, with the Hotel built in 1900.

The War Memorial is on the High Street where most of the shops are situated.

The Town Hall is at the North end of the High Street, built in 1878, replacing a Tolbooth from the 1600s. The Statue on the front, below the Clock, is of King Robert the Bruce, erected there in 2010, as this is the area the Bruce Family evolved, being Lords of Annandale from 1124 to 1312.

Annan Harbour is on the south side of the Town, where there used to be Shipbuilding and lot of Industry Exports, but is now mainly used for local Fishing Boats in the vast Solway Firth, with the fish sold World Wide. There is a Seafood Shop at the Harbour: dgseafoods.co.uk

There is a Burns Cairn south of the Harbour at Waterfoot, as far as the road goes past the Harbour, about 1 mile, as the famous Poet - Robert Burns was an Exciseman (Tax Collector) in this area in the late 1700s, a time Smuggling was big business in Scotland, such as Salt, Tea and Tobacco.

There is also a Walk around the Harbour and Solway Firth.

Annan History

1100s - the Moat of Annan was a Castle built where Annan is today for the Bruce Family, who became Lords of Annandale in 1124. You can find the Moat close to the Car Par by Bruce Steet, next to the River Annan.

1332 - the Battle of Annan took place between the forces of Robert the Bruce and the Balliols during the Second War of Scottish Independence, with the Bruce forces winning.

1538 - King James V granted a Charteer to make Fishing out of Annan legal, it had been going on for many hundreds of year before that time. Top catches in the Solway Firth are cockles, crabs, flat white fish, herring, lobsters, oysters, salmon and shrimp.

1707 - Taxes were imposed on most products being imported into Scotland, such as Tea and Tobacco, leading to Smuggling around Scotland with Annan being a top location with the vast Solway Firth ideal for Smuggling.

1745 - the Jacobites led by Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at Annan on their return from an attack into England, with Charlie staying at the Buck Inn on the High Street, at number 82.

1775 - Immigration from Annan to Canada led to New Annan being developed at Prince Edward Island in Canada. There are also areas in the US, Australia and New Zealand named after Annan.

1791 - Robert Burns, the famous Scottish Poet, began working as an Exiseman (Tax Collector) in the Dumfries and Annan area.

1800s - a number of Textile Mills were opened in Annan, with many workers working from home using small machines.

1800s - Corsehill Quarry 4 miles northwest of Annan was opened to produce a hard wearing Red Sandstone, used in local buildings as well as being exported from Annan for top buildings in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and New York in the US.

1836 - the Annandale Whisky Distillery was opened by George Donald 1 mile northeast of Annan.

1850 - the Annan Railway Station opened as part of the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Line.

The Railway led to Annan selling products around the UK such as cured hams, cattle, cotton goods, grain, ropes, salmon and sheep.

1850s - the first Boats were built at Annan at about 20ft in length, soon building 1000-ton Tea Clippers, for the crossings between the UK and China or India taking around 100 days each way.

1865 - the last of the Great Clippers was built at Annan, the 934 ton, 195ft long Sarah Nicholson.

1866 - Robert Robinson began making Provost Oats in a Windmill at Annan, exporting their Oats around the World.

1869 - the 1 mile long Solway Viaduct was built at Annan for the Railway to transport Iron Stone from south of Annan to the Coal Rich areas of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire to be Smelted into Iron. This line closed in 1921, little remains of the Viaduct.

1878 - Annan Town Hall was built of a local hard wearing red sandstone, with most of the buildings on the High Street also being built from that time with the red sandstone.

1897 - Cochran Boilers moved from Birkenhead to Annan, with the Company becomming a top world wide exporter of Cochran Boilers.

1959 - Chapelcross Nuclear Power Station opened 2 miles northeast of Annan, capable of creating enough power for 200,000 homes.

2004 - Chaplecross Nuclear Power Station closed. It is expected to take until 2028 for the site to be cleared.

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