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The Traquair Trail

(Peebles via Lauder to Kelso)

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Welcome to the Traquair Self Drive Audio Trail

My name is Lady Agnes Murray or Meg. ‘Muckle mouthed Meg’ they call me. I’m still unmarried and live here at Elibank Castle with my parents... I think they’re worried I’ll be with them until they die!

My father, Sir Gideon Murray, has captured a neighbour’s son, Willie Scott, who was reiving on our lands. It’s not the first time. There’s a gallows in the garden now, and neighbours and friends are coming for a hanging tomorrow. But my mother has other ideas...I’m not the most beautiful of woman you see, not like Willie’s mother, known as the Flower of Yarrow. No, I’m called ‘Muckle Mouthed Meg, because I have a rather large mouth - and I do love using it! Find out more of my story as you Drive and Discover the Traquair Trail

We head down the old drove road beside the Tweed to enjoy charming Traquair, home to a dynasty of Lowland Jacobites. Over the hills, then, to Lauder and magnificent Thirlestane Castle, ancient seat of the Earls of Lauderdale. Then there are stories of the Eildon Hills and Thomas the Rhymer. Finally dramatic landscape such as Scott’s View and the panorama from the sentry walk on Smailholm Tower. Enjoy the heart of the Borders!

Trail length is 60 miles, driving time is approximately 1 ¾ hrs and the trail will take you a full day.


Please explore the trail map and plan your day by taking advantage of your Reivers Pass, free when you buy this trail.
For the best audio experience please download our free App to your Mobile/Tablet device enabling GPS activation and allowing you to relax, and just Drive and Discover.


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Audio information

Narrator - Alastair Cunningham
Historic Guide - Flower of Yarrow
Sung Ballads – Kathy Hobkirk & Dougie Telfer

Musical excerpts from "A Reivers Moon"
By kind permission of Ian Landles and Alan Brydon

Drone footage by Above the Borders
and Borders Aerial Photography

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