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The Hermitage Trail

(Hawick via Newcastleton to Langholm)

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Welcome to the Hermitage Self Drive Audio Trail

We follow in the footsteps of the Border Reivers to Hermitage Castle and Liddesdale, "the bloodiest valley in Britain". Once echoing with the sound of hooves, the lowing of stolen cattle and the clash of steel, these beautiful and dramatic hillsides are now peaceful with just a scattering of sheep. We also visit Johnnie Armstrong's tower at Gilnockie and hear some stories of 'Truce Days' on the English Border.

The trail starts at the Common Haugh car park in Hawick.
The length is 45 miles, driving time is approximately 1.5 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 (Jamie Telfer): Dougie Telfer
Sung Ballads: Kathy Hobkirk
'There's a Wee Toon on the Border' sung by John Nichol
Poems: 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

Character Profiles





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