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Things to do in Newcastleton, Scottish Borders


The planned village of Newcastleton was founded in 1793 by the Duke of Buccleuch as a handloom weaving centre. Situated close to the Border, alongside Liddel Water, in earlier times this was Border Reiver country, known as 'The Debatable Land'.

Today Newcastleton provides a good base for exploring the surrounding hills and forest. Within easy access is Kielder Forest, with its Reiver Cycling Route and Kielder Water, Europe's largest man-made lake, both offering a wide range of activities.

The Liddesdale Heritage Centre and Armstrong Clan Trust reflect the interest in the area's past. The museum houses a large collection of historical artefacts and offers a family research area. Hermitage Castle is a vast and eerie 14th century ruin in a lovely situation; it was much restored in the early 19th century, but incorporates fabric of various dates from the 14th century.

For leisure and recreation in Newcastleton there is the 9 hole golf course and Newcastleton Forest Enterprise offers Forest walks and cycle trails.

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