Langholm Moor, Langholm

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Langholm Moor, Langholm

Langholm moor is historically a successful red grouse moor in the ownership of the Buccleuch Estates.  Unmanaged for several years, it is currently the site of a demonstration project managed by the Langholm Initiative.  See for more information.

Notable animal species:

Hen Harrier, Merlin, Raven, Peregrine, Short eared owl, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear
The moor is a SSSI for its raised bog flora and an SPA for its breeding Hen Harriers.

Best In: March-August
March/April is best for watching the Display ‘Skydancing’ Hen harriers.  June to July is best for watching Harriers hunting the hill.


The moor is the east of the D&G region and lies between Langholm and Newcastleton.
Post Code: DG13
Grid Reference: NY 385 897
Latitude: 55.161735
Longitude: -2.970257

How to get there

By car: follow the A7 north from Langholm, take the first right after the Whitshiels Industrial Estate onto the B road to Newcastleton and continue past the red rusted memorial to Hugh MacDiarmid.  (Note, however, the interpretation panel in the layby for the memorial which describes MacDiarmid’s passion for his local environment and the range of local flora and fauna.  There is also a path from here up to the Malcolm Monument with excellent views over the local moorland.)

By bus service: The nearest bus stop is in Langholm itself, about 1.5 miles down the hill from the viewing site.

On foot: see for waymarked routes


Hardcore ‘passing places – temporary parking to watch bird life
A picnic area with tables  ( Tarras river)
Interpretation boards – information
School group visits and guided tours can be arranged.


Making the Most of Moorlands
Project manager: Cat Barlow

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Hen Harrier - photo by John Wright
Hen Harrier - photo by John Wright
MacDiarmid Memorial - photo by Iain Wilson