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Duns Castle

Duns Castle

Postby dickens96 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:48 pm

Route description: Duns Law, Castle and Hen Poo, Duns

Date walked: 15/04/2012

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 7 km

Ascent: 200m

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Great cold and sunny day - started with the wonderful drive down to Duns from Gifford on the B road through Longformacus and the Lammermuirs


Duns Castle walk started with a short steepish climb (with steps) up to the Law and the viewpoint looking out over Duns to the Cheviots.


Then down through the woods - lots of trees been cut down recently so a bit bare looking. Still the only sounds were the birds and the wind in the trees - glorious! Then cut down to the Lake ("Hen Poo"!) and the track. All very well signposted. Stopped off at the hide where someone had written that had seen an osprey (really?) - all I saw were ducks


but a nice spot nonetheless


The thing I didnt like was the return journey. Firstly there were way too many discouraging (and maybe illegal?) signs around the castle itself - including one saying "strictly no access rights apply after this point". Really? Had I somehow stepped out of Scotland and the "right to roam" legislation? Secondly the result is that you then have to head South on an estate road which was pretty boring apart from this view of the castle


Worse still the last mile or so is along the main road into Duns although it does pass the Jim Clark room which I will visit next time - it was closed.

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Re: Duns Castle

Postby DarrenJeffrey » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:56 pm

Brings back memories. I used to be the head chef in the castle a long time ago :D
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