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Visit the Historical Town of Biggar

On the Southern Uplands of Scotland you will find the ancient town of Biggar, which is situated in the South Lanarkshire region. Since prehistoric times this market town has continued to be occupied and today it has a small population of about 2,000 people. Interestingly, when you drive on the A702 you will be following the exact route of the ancient Roman road that leads all the way to Musselburgh.

Like many other towns in South Lanarkshire, Biggar lies close to the River Clyde and the Tweed River providing many services to the large rural area surrounding it. Near to Biggar are the towns Lanark and Peebles and if you travel thirty miles further you will get to Edinburgh one of the larger cities in Scotland.

Years before what was once the main railway line that ran from Caledonian to Symington and then to Peebles Railway Station is now just a historical monument. The Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway Company looked after these busy lines in those days ensuring the trains ran on time and were maintained properly. Today you can still see remnants of the station and the signal box, but instead of a railway line and station there is now housing that has been developed for residence.

There are many museums that you can go visit in Biggar preserving pieces of history about the town and memorabilia that has been gathered over the years. There is the Biggar Gasworks Museum thay has managed to preserve the only gas works in the whole of the country and originates from 1836. Then there is the Moat Park Heritage Centre, the Greenhill Covenanters Museum and the Gladstone Court Museum, all of which are of great interest. The Biggar Museum Trust looks after the majority of these Scottish museums.

Every year the town of Biggar holds the “Biggar Little Festival“. This is an arts festival where all the local artists get to show off their works. You can also look out for the Biggar Puppet Theatre owned and run by the Purves Puppets family, the only permanent puppet theatre in the whole of the country.