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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 Hermiage 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.

Trail 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 and all the wonderful customer benefits that are on offer.
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
Margaret Hogg - Janice
Sung Ballads - Kathy Hobkirk
Poems - Dougie Telfer

Musical excerpts from The Reivers Moon
By kind permission from Ian Landles and Alan Brydon

Drone footage by Above the Borders
and Borders Aerial Photography

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