Moniaive Gala Duck Race… watch 1040 ducks fight to the finish. P.S. No duck has won it twice.


Posted by Rob Williams on Sunday, 15 February 2015

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Moniaive in Glencairn Parish

With two hotels, B&B, a licensed grocers and PO, restaurant, chocolate shop, garage, village hall, doctors surgery, school, recording studio and over 30 community groups Moniaive is a vibrant, friendly place to visit. It is also the prefect place for small family orientated festivals. Camping is available during the major festivals.

Surrounded by hills, Moniaive – the place where three rivers meet – is a picturesque place to visit.  Home also to Striding Arches by Andy Goldsworthy.

Artist James Paterson (The Glasgow Boys) lived in Moniaive and painted many local scenes including his most famous 'The Last Turning'. He also photographed the area extensively.

Charlie Chaplin's son eloped to and got married in Moniaive… in a prefab!

Peter Mullan came to Moniaive, turned it into an Irish village and filmed The Magdaline Sisters here. Many locals were cast as extras.

Annie Laurie was born at Maxwelton in Glencairn and then moved to Craigdarroch House in Moniaive.  the 'bonnie Maxwelton Braes' surround the village. Annie Laurie is one of Scotland's best known love songs.

James Renwick born in Moniaive in 1662 and was the last of the Covenanters to be hanged. His family was not well off yet managed to send their son to Edinburgh University where he heard of the Covenanters and witnessed the execution of Cargill.  He began his public ministry on November 23rd 1683 preaching at Moss of Darmead in Cabusnethan and continued to minister throughout the killing times. He led 200 men to Sanquhar in 1685 to affix the second Sanquhar Declaration to the Cross denouncing King James VII as a murderer and idolater. He was apprehended and imprisoned
in Cowgate, Edinburgh. Renwick refused to recant and on 17th February 1688 he was hanged and interred at Greyfrairs, Edinburgh.  A monument in his memory can be found in Moniaive. 

Writer Rumer Godden lived here in Moniaive.

Moniaive is home now to a number of well-known artists, writers, musicians and photographers.                

Craigdarroch Arms Hotel 01848 200205
The George Hotel 01848 200203
Causies Cross B&B 01848 200719

Three Glens Eco House 01848 200589. See

Barn at the Bakery 01848 200474

Holidays at Auchencheyne self catering & B&B. 01848 200589. See

Glenrowan Bothy 01848 200504

Glenluiart Lodges 01848 200055 email:

Watson's Licensed Grocers 01848 200204
Cairn Valley Medical Practice 01848 200244
Stackyard Preserve Pot Museum 01848 200694
​Dalwhat Garage 01848 200216

Cairn Valley Medical Practice 01848 200244

Rocker Lily Vintage and Artisan

Piccola Italia Italian restaurant

Moniaive Primary School

Moniaive Playcare

Tourist information. Board in Car park by Dalwhat Water.

Phone box and post box by Cherry Tree opposite Mercat cross.

St Ninian’s Church, North Street..
Glencairn Parish Church: In the hamlet of Kirkland, 1.87 miles outside of Moniaive on the A702 to Dumfries. Cemetery:Glencarin Parish Church.

Public toilets, Ayr Street. Male, female and disabled.

Parking. There is a car park and picnic area beside the river at the foot of Dunregan Brae. Entering the village from the east turn right just before crossing the bridge then left into the car park. From the west continue along High Street, cross the bridge turn left then left again. From the south turn right into High Street, cross the bridge turn left then left again.