NEWCASTLETON VILLAGE GUIDE
Newcastleton is a small Scottish Borders village on Liddel Water, 19 miles south of Hawick.
Situated close to the Border, alongside Liddel Water, the planned village of Newcastleton was founded in 1793 by the Duke of Buccleuch as a handloom weaving centre. In earlier times this was Border Reiver country, known as "The debatable Land", home of the Armstrongs and Elliots. The Liddesdale Heritage Centre reflects the interest in the area's past and the massive bulwark of the 14th century Hermitage Castle is close by.
The Traditional Music Festival in July has an international reputation and other popular events include the Craft Fayre in May, Liddesdale Agricultural Show in August and Sheepdog Trials in autumn. Today Newcastleton provides a good base for exploring the surrounding hills and forest. Within easy access is Keilder Forest and Keilder Water; Europe's largest man-made lake, both offering a wide range of activities.
Visitors to Newcastleton can enjoy free parking; local publications include countryside walks. Nearby places of interest include Horn & Country Crafts, Newcastleton Golf Club (9 hole), Bailey Mill Trekking Centre and Liddesdale Heritage Centre.
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