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Langholm and Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
Between Langholm and Jedburgh
Between Langholm and Jedburgh: Scottish Borders
Driving and Detours:
Approximate distance: 37 miles or 59 km. Journey time is approximately 1 1/4 hours.
The road is reasonably good and being improved every year (a few sharp bends to look out for). Two hundred years ago this road used to be the stagecoach Mail Route between Edinburgh and London via Carlisle.
Also a couple of hundred years ago, Langholm was the biggest town in the Borders. It became known as "The Muckle Toon". Today it is a small to medium sized community with an elegant classical town hall overlooking a few shops in a tiny town centre.
North out of Langholm the A7 follows the valley of the Ewes Water until the watershed near Mosspaul. From here all burns and rivers flow towards the North Sea.
The largest town in the Borders. It has a very good museum at Drumlanrig's Tower which has much about the Rievers, 16th century Border raiders who virtually ruled the area as an independent state at that time. Hawick was originally built at the confluence of the Slitrig and Teviot Waters and expanded during its heyday in the last century when many woollen mills, which took advantage of these rivers, were established. Today it has the reputation (as do some other Border towns) of producing high quality woollen garments including Cashmere. It's worth stopping and visiting the mill shops in search of bargains. Chas. Whillans, and Whites are excellent, though the best (2016) is probably The Hawick Cashmere Company.
Notice Fatlips Castle high up on the Minto Crags just outside Denholm to the North East. It was built in the 16th Century, ruined, and restored in 1857 by the Minto family who used it as a family museum and as part of the gardens of Minto House. Today it is ruined again and not open to the public, but long ago, according to Robert Chambers (Picture of Scotland) the custom was that "every gentleman, by indefeasable privilege, kisses one of the ladies on entering the ruin"
Eskdalemuir and Ettrick Valley
The river Esk runs throught the town, and if you cross the bridge on to the B709 there is a picturesque detour via Eskdalemuir to the Ettrick Valley and thence St Mary's Loch or Selkirk. This road passes through some of the most remote landscape in Southern Scotland.
A few miles north of Langholm is a sign to the right to Hermitage Castle. This gaunt and forbidding fortress isolated on moorland on the banks of the Hermitage Water is really worth visiting. (about 16 miles there and back).
On the Langholm - Jedburgh route there is an option of travelling through Newcastleton, which, although it means you will miss out Langholm and Hawick, is a small and twisty route through some rarely visited remote and rural country. Newcastleton is a "Planned Village" dating from 1794. A couple of years before that the locals who lived on a windswept hill nearby asked the Duke of Buccleuch if they could have a village built on the fertile and clement river valley of the Liddal Water. He agreed, and his Estate Manager William Kerr designed the village on a grid system. (Inveraray in Argyll is also "Planned Village").
Also there is the whole length of the Roman wall, Hadrian's Wall to explore. It runs a few miles south of the English Scottish Border, from Carlisle through Newcastle. See Hadrian's Wall
Accommodation en route or round about:
Bed & Breakfast accommodation:
Ancrum Craig, near Jedburgh. Highly recommended, this country home dates from at least 1700s. The gardens have beautiful views.
Self-catering houses and cottages:
The Roughley Cottage, near Newcastleton. Secluded and remote, with its own loch. Sleeps 6 to 7.
Cleuchhead, near Newcastleton. In a rural location, modernised comfortable former shepherds cottage, sleeps 8.
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