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Slow travel in Scotland? You should visit Biggar!

Who of us doesn’t want to slow down and do something a little bit calmer?

Contemporary rush does not provide us with the time to relax, which is why a holiday in a slow and calm atmosphere may be the perfect remedy for all bad moods.

Travelling with the family is so important for me and my loved ones, I believe that it is this same with us all. That is why I have prepared something special for all of you this week –  a relaxing journey to Biggar. If you want to rest, recharge your batteries, spend quality time with your children or you simply like slow travel, this post is made for you.

So do not rush, make yourself a nice cup of tea and read on to find out how you can relax in Biggar.

The lovely town of Biggar

Biggar is a charming wee town located very near the border of South Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders. This picturesque lovely place is full of wide rural area as well as plenty of wonderful walking trails.

This is a place where you can hole up and spend quality time doing a lot of fantastic things. The idea of slow travel is to just forget about all the things you need to go back home, about spending nice time with your family and most of all about sitting back and enjoying the little moments, which we usually do not appreciate as much as we should.

Biggar is an ideal place to do slow travel!

Enchanting little alleys, beautiful views and a great atmosphere are all you need to relax and that’s all Biggar has to offer.

Where to stay in Biggar

There are different preferences but no one can resist the wonderful, unique and historical The Elphinstone Hotel. This place offers a comfortable stay in a charming old coaching inn. The atmosphere is charming, the rooms are spotless and the service is so friendly.

It is also great that the hotel has a restaurant which serves delicious homemade food, earning them VisitScotland ‘Taste our Best’ bagde.

The perfect place to relax after a day of enjoyable walks around Biggar.

This is a great family hotel with all necessary facilities. There is free WiFi, free car park, plenty of disabled facilities and even a fireplace.

What’s more, the history of this place is exceptional, because this building is over 300 years old, which is amazing. The history hidden in the walls is magical. The place was a posting house and the horses of the guests were well cared for in the nearby area.

This unusual inn with beautiful wooden beams delights with its uniqueness.

In addition, it is worth mentioning that there were also many distinguished guests such as Captain Robert Riddell and Captain Francis Grose – friends of famous Robert Burns, who probably warmed up in the heart from the beautiful traditional fireplace located inside the hotel.

Over the years, this place has been owned by many people, but the high level of hospitality remains the same to this day.

Things to do at Biggar

While Biggar is a little town, there are many interesting things to do there. You can visit the wonderful Dawyck Botanic Garden, full of beautiful greenery, many varieties of flowers and trees and fantastic nature which you can enjoy and have a good rest. It’s only 15 minutes from Biggar!

Magic of colours, shapes and aromas combined with some wonderful architectural elements such as a bridge and stairs will make this place stay in your memory for a long time.

If you want to see the open landscape and get a little tired, maybe you better climb up Tinto Hill to enjoy the magnificent views or if you want more to Culter Fell circular. These places are breathtaking and inspire you to think about yourself and can also be a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

If you would like to go back in time to the Iron Age, I invite you on a trip to Dreva Craig. This place is surrounded by a magical atmosphere full of unusual history that will probably never be fully revealed.

At the top of the hill, to the southwest of the fort, there is still a large number of sharp stones facing upwards, called Cheveaux De Frise, which probably serves as an obstacle for horses.

If you want to relax while your visit to Biggar, then you should go to the two charming museums that focus on the exhibits related to the archaeology, history of the town and life of its inhabitants.

In this lovely town, you can visit the Biggar Gasworks Museum and the Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum. Both of these places have a unique atmosphere and offer an unforgettable experience of the extraordinary history of this delightful place.

Enjoying pleasant journeys by foot or by car can be extremely soothing and relaxing. If you’re one of those who are on the move, discover the amazing nature and historical heritage of the region by taking the Clyde Valley Tourist Route. To do this you need to exit the M74 in Abingdon and follow the scenic route to Hamilton.

This is a 38 miles road full of great attractions that are definitely worth seeing and enjoying. You can also take a Biggar heritage walk to visit the beautiful places that will allow you to peacefully admire the beauty of this region and above all the beauty of Scotland.

If you enjoy sports, you may be interested in the golf club established in 1895, which will surely provide a huge boost of good spirits and allow you to chill out. Surrounded by beautiful green grass and spectacular views will surely calm your senses.


Each of us likes to spend our free time in different ways, but when we want to rest it is worth to take a break from the external impulses and sink in a quiet, charming place.

Biggar is an ideal place to relax and this is the quintessence of slow travelling.

The combination of a quiet town with a friendly hotel like The Elphinstone Hotel with the gardens, museums and walks on the hills create a unique atmosphere of relaxation and calm.

I highly recommend this place if you want to escape into a pleasant area, where peace and quiet play the first violin.


Disclosure: This is a commissioned post for The Elphinstone Hotel. We ate and stayed as guests at The Elphinstone Hotel. All views expressed are my own.

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