Eskdalemuir

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Coordinates: 55°16′08″N 3°10′37″W / 55.269°N 3.177°W / 55.269; -3.177

Eskdalemuir
Eskdalemuir.jpg
The former primary school
Eskdalemuir is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Eskdalemuir
Eskdalemuir
 Eskdalemuir shown within Dumfries and Galloway
Population 265 (2001)
Civil parish Eskdalemuir
Council area Dumfries and Galloway
Lieutenancy area Dumfries
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Langholm
Postcode district DG13
Dialling code 013873
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Scottish Parliament Dumfriesshire
List of places
UK
Scotland

Eskdalemuir is a civil parish and small village in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, with a population of 265.[1] It is sited around 10 miles north-west of Langholm and 10 miles north-east of Lockerbie.

The area consists of high wet moorlands chiefly used for sheep grazing and forestry plantation. Settlement is generally located near to, or by one of the many tributaries of the Black Esk and White Esk rivers.

Eskdalemuir is best known for the nearby Eskdalemuir weather station and for the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

In 2006 the Upper Eskdale Development Group was formed with the aim to reconnect the local community after the local pub, school, and post office closed by the development of a community Hub, which is based in the former school building. They are striving to transform the old school into a multi-purpose community building where social activities and community support can be delivered. The building will house a shop and café and spaces where social enterprise businesses can start up and training be delivered. UEDG members are committed to helping the isolated community at Eskdalemuir become more self-reliant and reverse the decline that has led to the closure of the local school, pub and post office. This in turn is expected to make the area more attractive to investors and families.

Eskdalemuir is rich in archaeological remains, including two neolithic stone circles and bank barrow, Castle O'er, a possible ritual centre for the Selgovae, Raeburnfoot, a Roman fort and later dark age fortifications and settlements.

Upper Eskdale Development Group[edit]

The UEDG vision is to create, a dynamic hub of activity where community support, social enterprise, businesses and training can be delivered, and cultural activities can flourish in a place that will inspire residents and visitors alike.

The UEDG mission is to facilitate the development of a community-led regeneration of rural life. This will be achieved by increasing access to regular, high quality services and social activities as well as opportunities for learning through the participation in cultural events and community education. UEDG want to see services becoming increasingly localised, provided where possible by the community through social enterprise.

It is consider that this is particularly important in the context of our ageing population. As people get older and the cost of available travel increases, living in our remote rural communities can mean missing out on things others take for granted.

The Community Hub will become a ‘green’ state of the art location for the delivery of a range of basic, but highly valued, services; community and family events; courses and seminars; arts and cultural events; tourist information and resources for visitors and a focal point for the growth of new ventures and social enterprise.

Climate[edit]

Eskdalemuir is home to one of the longest climatological records in the UK, with data stretching back over 100 years. The data shows Eskdalemuir to be a very wet, often cloudy place - Eskdalemuir holds the UK Weather Record for the highest rainfall in a 30 minute period: 80mm, recorded on 26 June 1953.[2] It also held the record for the dullest summer month - 43.9 hours in August 1912. Though this was beaten by just 41 hours in August 2008 - again by Eskdalemuir.[3] Other recent low sunshine records for the site include 30 hours during October 2011,[4] 46 hours during September 2008,[5] 69 hours during July 2010,[6] and 92 hours during June 2010 (2nd dullest June on Eskdalemuir's record).[7] Eskdalemuir experienced its wettest year on record in 2011.[8]

Climate data for Eskdalemuir 242 asl, 1971-2000, Extremes 1911-
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 11.7
(53.1)
14.0
(57.2)
20.1
(68.2)
23.8
(74.8)
26.8
(80.2)
28.3
(82.9)
29.8
(85.6)
28.7
(83.7)
25.0
(77)
22.2
(72)
15.7
(60.3)
13.4
(56.1)
29.8
(85.6)
Average high °C (°F) 4.7
(40.5)
5.2
(41.4)
7.2
(45)
10.0
(50)
13.7
(56.7)
15.9
(60.6)
18.1
(64.6)
17.5
(63.5)
14.6
(58.3)
11.3
(52.3)
7.5
(45.5)
5.5
(41.9)
11.0
(51.8)
Average low °C (°F) −0.7
(30.7)
−0.5
(31.1)
0.6
(33.1)
1.7
(35.1)
4.1
(39.4)
7.0
(44.6)
9.2
(48.6)
8.9
(48)
6.9
(44.4)
4.4
(39.9)
1.3
(34.3)
0.0
(32)
3.6
(38.5)
Record low °C (°F) −19.0
(−2.2)
−16.6
(2.1)
−14.7
(5.5)
−15.4
(4.3)
−7.1
(19.2)
−2.5
(27.5)
−1.7
(28.9)
−2.2
(28)
−5.0
(23)
−7.8
(18)
−14.3
(6.3)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−19
(−2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 184.2
(7.252)
136.8
(5.386)
152.2
(5.992)
91.9
(3.618)
89.7
(3.531)
93.5
(3.681)
101.1
(3.98)
119.1
(4.689)
137.4
(5.409)
170.0
(6.693)
167.6
(6.598)
191.1
(7.524)
1,634.6
(64.353)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 36.3 55.7 80.3 126.3 167.7 151.5 157.2 139.2 100.8 72.2 52.2 34.7 1,174.1
Source #1: Met Office[9]
Source #2: WeatherJournal[10]

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