Things to do around The Cross Keys


The rivers Esk and Liddle provide a remarkable variety of fishing, from racing runs full of enticing pockets of deeper water, to deep slow moving pools overhung by sandstone cliffs.


Langholm lies between four hills in the valley of the River Esk in the Southern Uplands. It is the traditional seat of Clan Armstrong with its most famous descendant being Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. Whilst in Langholm you may wish to visit:

The Buccleuch Centre

Blue Moon

Gilnockie Tower

Gilnockie Tower is a 16th-century tower house, located at the hamlet of Hollows. It has been refurbished and is now a clan and visitor attraction.

Visit the Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre to view artefacts, buy gifts and discover the Reiver Trail.

Carlisle City

Carlisle is the only city in Cumbria and has a compact historic centre with a castle, cathedral and semi-intact city walls, as well as other medieval buildings including the Guildhall and Tithe Barn. There is also Tullie House Museum


Carlisle Shopping and leisure

There’s plenty to do in Carlisle. You can shop in the Lanes Centre  or visit the covered Victorian market hall.

Leisure facilities include the Sands Centre, a cinema, bowling alley and the lovely Bitts park.

Gretna Green

Gretna Green was historically the first village in Scotland, following the old coaching route from London to Edinburgh. It is one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations due to its romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, which originated from cross-border elopements.

Kielder Forest

Kielder Forest is home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and the largest working forest in England. There are three visitor centres, facilities for water sports, walking and cycling.


Lockerbie has existed since at least the days of Viking influence in this part of Scotland , the name means Loki’s Village in Old Norse. A Roman camp to the west of the town suggests its origins may be even earlier.


There are lovely walks around Canonbie along the river Esk and through Canonbie Woods

For further information about walks visit the ordnance survey site.


Dumfries and Galloway is one of Britain’s great unsung regions for cycling. On quieter roads you might go over an hour without seeing a car, and at night the dark unpolluted skies give the best stargazing in the UK.

Gretna Gateway

The Gretna Gateway Outlet shopping centre offers over 50 designer and high street favourite shops with up to 60% reduction in RRP.

Talkin Tarn

Talkin Tarn is a 65 acre lake set amid 120 acres of farmland and woodland. The tarn is an ideal place for active recreation or a quiet stroll through the mature woodlands


Campervan hire gives you the freedom to go where you want, when you want. Transforming your free time into leisure time, weekends into holidays and holidays into adventures.

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