Biggar is a town and former burgh in South Lanarkshire near the River Clyde on the A702 with an approximate population of 2350.
Steeped in history with artifacts found in the hills surrounding Biggar dating back almost 2000 years. In the 12th century King David 1 gave the lands of Biggar to Baldwin, a Fleming Leader. In the 14th century the Fleming family were given lands in the area by Robert the Bruce. The town continued to grow as a market town and in 1451 the town became a burgh.
The lands passed into the Elphinstone family in 1735 when the male line of succession ended. Still today reminders of its history resonate in Biggar with the Corn exchange in the centre, The Elphinstone Hotel and in the month of June Biggar still crowns its Fleming Queen on gala day which ends an event packed gala week.
It is also home to Biggar gasworks museum, the only preserved gas works in Scotland.
It has Scotland’s only permanent puppet theatre, Biggar Puppet theatre. In early 1900 a farmer located in Biggar founded Albion Motors which grew into the largest truck company of the British Empire.
The town hosts its very own arts festival, the Biggar Little festival as well as its own rural agricultural show and VW rallies, a vintage rally and on Hogmanay has its own procession to light a bonfire in front of the Corn exchange on the High Street.
Biggar has a newly built primary and secondary school, health centre, residential homes, a small hospital The Kello provides care for acute medical patients and terminal care. The leisure centre is now located at the High School.
Biggar High Street offers a great selection of individual shops, cafes, pubs, hairdressers, boutiques and restaurants.
A vibrant rural picturesque town sitting in a beautiful rural landscape with bus links to Edinburgh, Lanark and Dumfries.