Sanquhar is a town in south Scotland,
28 miles north of Dumfries on the A76
The town is popular for its Tolbooth
Museum covering industry in the area and
vast Crawick Multiverse
outdoor art work.Sanquhar Road
See also a large Click On Map for the
area Top Attractions.
Sanquhar Castle ruin is situated on the
south side of the town. It was built in the
1400s for the Crichton family. The castle was
visited by Mary, Queen of Scots, and James VI.
The 212 mile long Southern Upland
Way walking route passes right by the
castle and town.
St Ninian's Baptist Church is situated on
the south side of the town on Castle
The Post Office is in the centre of Sanquhar
on the High Street. This Post Office opened in
1712, may be the oldest working post office in
The Glendyne Hotel
is also situated in the town centre on the High
Street with rooms, a bar, and serves pub
The Tolbooth completed in 1735 is situated
at the north end of the High Street. This
building now serves as the Sanquhar Tolbooth
Museum covering the knitwear trade and
mines in the area.
The Nithsdale Hotel
is next to the Tolbooth with 12 en suite
bedrooms, dining room, bar, and large function
Sanquhar Park and Pond are situated on the
north side of the town with play and fitness
A curling club was founded in Sanquhar in
1774 with sixty members, the world’s oldest
curling society. They played on any bodies of
water around the town that froze in winter.
The swimming pool is situated on the north
side of the town for swimming, training and
lessons. Sanquhar Fun Pool
House hotel is situated on the outskirts of
the town to the north with rooms, restaurant,
Sanquhar Golf Club is situated on the
northwest side of Sanquhar with views all
around. This is an 18 hole parkland course that
St Brides Parish Church is situated on the
north side of the town on Church Road. This
church was completed in 1828 in Georgian Gothic
The Crawick Multiverse is situated about
one mile north of Sanquhar. This vast outdoor
art work was completed in June 2015 as a
Pre History - traces of forts can be found
in the area.
1400s - Sanquhar Castle was built for the
1568 - Mary Queen of Scots visited Sanquhar
Castle after her defeat at the Battle of
1598 - Sanquhar was made a Royal Burgh by
charter of James VI.
1617 - King James VI of Scotland I of
England visited Sanquhar Castle when traveling
between Glasgow and London.
1639 - the Crichton's moved to Ayrshire
after selling Sanquhar Castle and land to the
Earl of Queensberry from Drumlanrig
Castle 9 miles south.
The Crichton's built Dumfries House
18 miles northwest in Ayrshire that is now a
1680 - Sanquhar became a meeting place for
Covenanters that wanted churches in Scotland to
remain free of interference form the King.
1684 - the Killing Time
began in this area after forces of King Charles
II began hunting down the Covenanters.
1700s - Sanquhar expanded around the wool
trade with Sanquhar gloves being popular
through the UK.
1712 - Sanquhar Post Office opened, said to
be the oldest working post office in the
1735 - the Tolbooth designed by William Adam
was built with stone from Sanquhar Castle.
1774 - the world’s oldest curling society
was formed in Sanquhar.
1788 - the poet Robert Burns often visited
the town when traveling between his home in
Mauchline and his new farm at Ellisland 20 miles south by
1830s - a large carpet factory was opened by
the town with the carpets sold around the
1850 - Sanquhar railway station opened on
the Glasgow and South-Western Railway.
1860 - the weaving factory was closed
leading to many weavers moving to cities.
1965 - Sanquhar railway station was
2015 - the vast Crawick Multiverse outdoor
art work was opened to the public. This was
built on the site of a former open cast coal
mine that closed in the 2000s?
The town still makes carpets.