(Strathnith, Stranith)

The name given to the valley of the River Nith, Nithsdale is the westernmost of the three ancient divisions of Dumfriesshire and was sometimes referred to as Strathnith or Stranith. It stretches from South Ayrshire to the Solway coast and includes the settlements of Dumfries, Thornhill, Closeburn, Sanquhar and Kirkconnel. The railway from Dumfries to Kilmarnock passes through Nithsdale and a section of this line in Upper Nithsdale featured as a location in the film Mission Impossible (1996).

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