The village is close to the source of the River Clyde and the M74 motorway, fifty miles south-east of Glasgow and fifty-three miles north-west of Carlisle. It has a population of around 300 people, two hotels, a public house, a village shop and Post Office, church, and a school.
The village is close to an old Roman road and has links with Sir William Wallace (see Crawford Castle). Recent archaeological excavations have shown that this was the site of a Roman fort between AD 80 and AD 140 housing perhaps 300 soldiers.
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