Moat Brae Heritage Walks


Kicking off this month with a guided tour around some buildings designed by Walter Newall, Moat Brae will be having monthly Heritage walks. We’ve prepared a sneak preview of what you can expect in the coming months. We’ll make announcements individually for each event as and when they become available to book.

October – Walter Newall

Margaret Elliot, well- known local photographer and author of The Life and Times of Walter Newall will lead a walk from Moat Brae at 2 pm returning at 3 pm, on Thursday 29th October. Margaret will share her knowledge and enthusiasm for familiar buildings, designed by the renowned architect, which you pass daily around town. We promise you will then always view them with new appreciation.

Margaret has given well attended talks displaying her beautiful, detailed photographs of Walter Newall’s fine Georgian creations and exhibited at Moat Brae’s Christmas Wonderland celebration in 2015. A much- anticipated introduction to her latest Walter Newall research, scheduled for March this year, had to be postponed due to lockdown.

November – Stone Men, Winged Lions and Piping Pigs

Join local writer JoAnne McKay in a guided tour of the outstanding architectural stone carving on Dumfries’ notable buildings.  The distinctive local building material – Permian period New Red Sandstone – has been utilised by builders and masons for hundreds of years, and this relaxed walk will uncover the histories of some of the finest stone carving on municipal, commercial and ecclesiastic buildings in the town.  Erudite, educational and entertaining!

JoAnne McKay is a widely published poet who has appeared at literary festivals throughout the country. Her recent project, We Fire the Dark, was a series of readings for the arts organisation Cample Line, exploring the catalogue of Dr Grierson’s Museum in Thornhill. JoAnne is currently researching the history of pandemics in Dumfries.

26th November 2pm Moat Brae

January – Robert Burns’s Dumfries

We are very privileged to be introduced to Robert Burns’s Dumfries by none other than Jane Brown, past President of the Robert Burns World Federation, much loved former manager of The Globe Inn, a favourite haunt of the poet, and  renowned Burnsian authority. Were it not for the pandemic, Jane would be flying off to Canada as a guest of the Canadian Burns Federation. Instead just 3 days after the Bard’s birthday, Jane will be at home in Dumfries sharing her unique insights with us.

28th January 2 pm Moat Brae

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