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Places to go in Newcastleton, Scottish Borders

Millholm Cross

Description: On the shaft of Millholm Cross is carved a sword with the initials MA and AA above. The cross probably commemorates Alexander Armstrong, laird of nearby Mangerton Tower and one of the notorious clan of Border reivers. Ownership: Public access Situation OS ref: NY 476861 How to get there: By car: To the south of Newcastleton on the B6357 Canonbie road. On the RHS less...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Dykecrofts Information Centre & Newcastleton Historic Forest Walk

Description: Dykecrofts Information Centre houses an exhibition of forestry past and present and leads to Priest Hill, where there are the remains of a 2000 year old Iron Age hillfort and the sites of former farmsteads. Ownership: Forest Enterprise Situation OS ref: NY 504877 How to get there: By car: A minor road leading from the B6357, left, going over the bridge at the south e...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Castleton Village (site of), Church and Liddel Castle

Description: In the 12th century, the village of Castleton consisted of the parish church, the houses of the villagers and the earth and timber castle of the Norman family of Soules. Little of this now survives. The churchyard of St Martin marks the site of the mediaeval church and a stone has recently been erected on the other side of the road to mark the position of the village green, and the ...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Places to go in Newcastleton, Scottish Borders

Hermitage Castle

Description: A vast eerie edifice standing in a beautiful but isolated spot. Much restored but still has a grandeur and a malevolence in keeping with its grim past. Ownership: Historic Scotland Situation OS ref: NY 494961 How to get there: By car: Lies off the B6399, Hawick to Newcastleton road some 6 miles north of Newcastleton. Signposted. By public transport: N/A Seasonal o...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Hermitage Chapel

Description: Remains of a 13th or 14th century chapel and graveyard are enclosed within the defensive earthworks of an earlier farmstead. A low mound known as the "Cout o' Kielder's Grave" may be the grave of Sir Richard Knout (Knut) of Kielder, Sheriff of Northumberland, who died about 1290. Ownership: Public access on moorland. Situation OS ref: NY 493960 How to...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Places to go in Newcastleton, Scottish Borders

Liddesdale Heritage Centre and Museum

Description: A local history museum which houses a large collection of artefacts and has facilities for genealogical research. A commemorative bi-centenary tapestry created by local needleworkers is a unique exhibit. Having been on the Waverley Line, the collection of railway memorabilia is especially interesting. Ownership: Private Situation OS ref: NY 485875 How to get there: Old...
Type: Family-History-Research

Places to go in Newcastleton, Scottish Borders

Ettleton Churchyard

Description: No trace survives of the mediaeval church which served the parish of Ettleton until 1604, except for the collection of carved stones set into the graveyard wall. Amongst these are several mediaeval tomb slabs and a cross head. The churchyard stands between the enclosed landscape of narrow strips, which represent 18th century land allocations to the local community, and the upland ...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Newcastleton Forest Walks

Description: A series of five walks in the Newcastleton Forest. All are colour-coded. Blue Ponds Walk, 0.6 miles, Easy. A gentle stroll beside the Priesthill and around the ponds, whch are home to bright dragonflies during the summer months. Suitable for those with limited mobility, wheelchairs and children's buggies. Green Drove Road, 1.8 miles, Moderate (allow 1 hour). Following...
Type: Walking

Newcastleton Planned Village

Description: This village was planned from scratch by the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch. At this time in the 18th century, Castleton was a series of scattered farms with a church. The Duke's aim was to develop handloom weaving and, by 1800, he had built 220 houses, many of which had a large front window to allow the maximum amount of light for the weavers. The local museum has details of the past h...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Ninestane Rig

Description: A small stone circle erected between 5000 and 4000 years ago, as a place of ceremonial worship and perhaps burial. Lord Soules of Hermitage Castle is said to have been wrapped in lead and boiled to death here. Ownership: Public access Situation OS ref: NY 517973 How to get there: By car: Along a footpath leading east from the B6399 Newcastleton to Hawick Road, between...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Scottish Borders Newcastleton