The Old Brig Inn at Beattock
|Council:||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Dumfries and Galloway|
Beattock is a village in Dumfriesshire, sitting just half a mile south-west of Moffat, and 19 miles north of the county town, Dumfries. It lies in the parish of Kirkpatrick-Juxta, close to the boundary with that of Moffat.
The village stands beside the road up Annandale, which was once the A74, though the dale now carries a motorway, the A74(M), which bypasses Beattock and the old road has quietened. The West Coast Main Line runs by too, but Beattock railway station was closed in 1972 as part of the works to electrify the line.
The highest point on the M74 is known as 'Beattock Summit', at 1,033 feet above sea level: this is ten miles north of the village, across in Lanarkshire. It is the highest point too of the West Coast Main Line. W H Auden's Night Mail, written in 1936, makes reference to the summit.
| ("Wikimedia Commons" has material|