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Living in Lochmaben: the local area guide

Set amidst a tranquil rural setting in the county of Dumfries and Galloway, Lochmaben is a charming traditional village. There have been written records of Lochmaben dating back approximately 900 years and it featured heavily in the history of Robert the Bruce.

The village’s name stems from the fact that it’s surrounded by three picturesque lochs. It’s well linked with many destinations in the area by road and rail, being only four miles from Lockerbie and eight miles from Dumfries. The village’s centre features statues of Reverend William Graham and Robert the Bruce, while attractions such as the Lochmaben Castle showcase the area’s history.

Aside from its history, Lochmaben is set apart by its extensive recreational facilities. Castle Loch, Kirk Loch and Mill Loch are the three lakes bordering the village, and they are all used year-round for water sports and country walking. Residents enjoy fishing and sailing in the summer and curling in the winter. There is also an 18-hole golf course nearby.


The most recent Census shows that the population of Lochmaben is approximately 3000. The population and prosperity of this historic village have fluctuated over the years, as various industries have come and gone. For example, Lochmaben was a thriving centre during the 1800s when the textiles industry was important in the region.

The modern village now is a centre for agriculture as well as tourism and has experienced a boom in housing with new builds planned in the countryside for those wishing to commute to other towns in the area as well as cities like Glasgow. One of the biggest employers for current residents is dairy processor Arla Foods as many tend to work in the Arla factory.


Within the village limits, families can take advantage of Lochmaben Primary School. This bright and cheerful school was founded in 1872, but has been remodelled several times since then. It moved to a new location in 1983, with a modern, open-plan design, and had a new extension added to accommodate space for infants and nursery students. At the moment, the school accommodates 28 nursery students as well as 254 primary students.

There is no secondary school directly within Lochmaben, so students tend to commute to either Dumfries High School or Lockerbie Academy. Both perform well in comparison to schools Scotland-wide, with over one-third of students achieving, at least, five Highers. The latest League Tables also show that one-half of students at Lockerbie Academy achieved a minimum of three Highers.


Lochmaben is directly served by the M74 motorway, which provides access both to the north and south. To reach Lochmaben from the M74, drivers can get off at the Lockerbie junction and continue down the A709. An hour’s drive to the north is Glasgow while Carlisle is accessible to the south in just over half an hour.

A number of bus companies operate routes within Lochmaben, providing transport to nearby Lockerbie and Dumfries. From these towns, residents can transfer to a railway station to access services from providers including First ScotRail, First TransPennine, Virgin, and National Rail.

Amenities and shopping

The village’s quaint High Street is its heart, and it is marked at one end by the stately Town Hall and by the historic Parish Church at the other. Along the High Street, you’ll find a number of convenient shops, pubs, cafes, and services. Residents can find supplies for all town and country needs at shops such as Rostrum Sportswear and Lochmaben Shooting Supplies.

Further shopping opportunities include an independent bakery, pet supply store, florist, and greengrocers. Those in search of locally produced confectionery and artisanal preserves can visit Tickety Boo Jam, while nearby Lockerbie is home to a convenient Tesco Superstore.

Dumfries is also adjacent to Lochmaben and provides no shortage of bigger brand names for those who wish to splurge at the Loreburne Shopping Centre or Debenhams.

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