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Away with the faeries
By kind permission of renowned Duns artist, designer and sculptor
Neil McCall
A copy of this artwork is on display in the Rhymer’s Tower Coffee Shop - Earlston

The new leaflets depicting our ‘Thomas the Rhymer Earlston Trail’ have now been printed. The launch is taking place on Saturday 18th May at a coffee morning being held in Earlston square gardens, commencing at 10.30. An information stall, sales table and home-baking are among some of the attractions.

The illustrated leaflets will guide you on a walking trail to places connected with Thomas the Rhymer through his prophecies.

For those who have never visited this beautiful area of Scotland, why not walk in the Rhymer’s footsteps from Earlston to Rhymer’s Stone.

Follow the river Leader from Earlston to its junction with the Tweed at Leaderfoot and absorb the tranquillity and stunning scenery along the way. View the haunted mansion house of Cowdenknowes, mentioned in one of his prophecies. Stand on the old road bridge at Leaderfoot and marvel at the perfect symmetry of the eighteen arches of Leaderfoot Viaduct with the river Tweed flowing below and the Eildon Hills as a backdrop. Then make your way past the old Roman fort of Trimontium towards Newstead, and from there to ‘Rhymer’s Stone’; the symbolic site of the ‘Eildon Tree’. Here, you can read the story of his meeting with the Queen of Fair Elfland, and another of his prophecies.

The entire walking route is contained in the aforesaid leaflet.