The royal burgh
: Inbhir Anainn
) is a well-built town, red sandstone
being the material mainly used.Each year in July, Annan celebrates the Royal Charter and the boundaries of the Royal Burgh are confirmed when a mounted cavalcade undertakes the Riding of the Marches. Entertainment includes a procession, sports, field displays and massed pipe bands. Among its public buildings is Annan Academy of which the writer Thomas Carlyle
was a pupil, a Georgian
building now known as "Bridge House". The Town Hall
, built in Victorian
style in 1878, uses the local sandstone. Annan also features a Historic Resources Centre. In Port Street, some of the windows remain blocked up to avoid paying the window tax
Geography and administration
Annan stands on the River Annan
nearly 2 miles from its mouth, 15 miles from Dumfries
, in the region of Dumfries and Galloway
on the Solway Firth
in the south of Scotland
is about 3 miles to the east and Gretna
is about 8 miles to the east.
Annan Bridge, a stone bridge of three arches, built between 1824 and 1827, carries road traffic over the River Annan. It was designed by Robert Stevenson
and built by John Lowry. There is also a railway bridge and a nearby pedestrian bridge over the River Annan, and the town is served by Annan railway station
. The train turntable was designed and developed in Annan, it can be seen today in the York Railway Museum.
Roman remains exist in the neighbourhood.
Annan Castle... Read More