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Duns, historically the County Town of Berwickshire, is a charming town in the Scottish Borders.
Duns has a TD11 postcode as do the nearby villages of •Abbey St. Bathans, •Allanton, •Chirnside, •Grantshouse, •Longformacus, •Swinton, and •Whitsome. •Gordon is TD3, •Greenlaw and •Westruther are TD10
Here’s what we like about Duns
Duns can trace it’s history back to the Iron Age Fort on top of Duns Law.
Relocated by 1588 at the foot of Duns Law, the town has a rich history. In medieval times, during the so called Rough Wooing, it saw action with Scots and English armies passing through on their way to various battles – read the •story of the town motto: “Duns Dings A” •This Walk takes you past the Castle and Duns Law •Edin’s Hall Broch near Abbey St Bathans is an unique iron age fort in Southern Scotland and •Well worth a hike to see.
Peace descended on the region after the union of the crowns
After 1603 property was no longer prone to being razed to the ground in Border skirmishes. In the following centuries various homes that had previously been fortified pele towers, such as •Greenknowe Tower near Gordon, were rebuilt as stately mansions. Historic houses that survive today include Manderston House which is open to visitors. Edrom House, Nisbet House, Kimmerghame House, Blanerne Castle and •Wedderburn Castle. • Magnificent Duns Castle is a venue for weddings, parties and events and the castle grounds are a lakeland park and bird sanctuary which is free for visitors to walk around.
Duns is the administrative centre of Berwickshire
It has good amenities such as the Primary School and the newly built • Berwickshire High School. The town has two medical practices: •Duns Medical Group, and • The Merse Medical Practice and also the • Knoll Community Hospital. There is a • Library, a • Community Centre and •Bus services go to Galashiels, Chirnside, Eyemouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Tweedmouth. •See this Panoramic Tour of Duns
Things to see
Duns is famous for being the home town of Jim Clark. Visit •Jim Clark Motorsport Museum to find out about this •Racing Legend. Watch the annual •Jim Clark Rally Visit the •Polish War Memorial in Duns Park. Take part in •Duns Reivers Week which is an example of the •Great community spirit Duns has. Visit the •Berwickshire County Show Check out •www.ScotlandStartsHere.com for inspiration
Things to do
• Go Swimming at Duns Pool, •Go Walking around Duns, •Walk to Abbey St Bathans Walkers on •The Southern Upland Way can stay at • Whitchester Lodge. • Go Cycling, Play Golf at •Duns Golf Club. • Play Tennis, •Play Bowls, Go •4×4 Off Road Driving, •Do Motocross •Do X-country schooling with your horse, Try •Archery, Falconry or Clay Pigeon Shooting at Duns Castle, Join the •Amateur Operatic Society, Get Crafty at •Duns Men’s Shed
Places to Stay and Places to Eat
Come and stay for a few days to get a feel for the area. Check out •Chirnside Hall Hotel, •The Wheatsheaf Inn, •Carfraemill Hotel , and others on •Tripadvisor. For self-catering holiday-lets see •www.crabtreeandcrabtree.com Cafes in Duns include: •Bay Tree Cafe , •Maxwells At Abbey St Bathans is the •Riverside Bake House and at Grantshouse •The Cedar Cafe. Restaurants worth making a trip out of town for include: •The Allanton Inn, • The Wheatsheaf Inn at Swinton, •The Plough Inn at Leitholm, •The Blackadder in Greenlaw, •The Craw Inn at Auchencrow, and the •Waterloo Arms in Chirnside.
Duns Castle Estate
• The castle grounds at Duns Castle are open to the public and are much enjoyed by Duns locals. The Heron Pool (aka. Hen Poo) and Mill Dam are home to many spectacular mute swans, various species of duck, and a multitude of bird species making the park a dream for twitchers, photographers, and artists alike.
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See a selection of location images by our dedicated photographers.
Chirnside Village sits on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills with panoramic views over the Tweed Merse towards the Cheviots. It has local •supermarket shopping and a •traditional butchers, •primary and •nursery schooling as well as a •Medical Surgery and •Pharmacy. Enjoy a stay at •Chirnside Hall Hotel which offers fine dining and also caters for shooting parties. Fishing is to be found on the nearby Whiteadder Water and the famous River Tweed. Visit the •Chirnside Common Good website for a wealth of information. The main shops and east coast rail connection are at Berwick upon Tweed some 12 miles distant. Duns is five miles west. Edinburgh is approx 50 miles and one hour by car via the A1.
Greenlaw has a postcode of TD10. For a time in the sixteenth century it was the county town of Berwickshire. There are several shops and services in town including the • Blackadder Hotel Bar and Restaurant, a pharmacy, butchers and a village store among others. The Lammermuir hills around here are remotely splendid • as this video shows image ©Walter Baxter