Great Rural Holidays at Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders
Hitch up your van, leave your stressful world behind. Find the secret valley of the River Liddel, written about by Sir Walter Scott, John Buchan and William Wordsworth. Newcastleton was set up by the Duke of Buccleuch in 1793, as a scenic model village, laid out on a grid system. Today it stands not just as an architectural model but as a social model of how a lot of us would like to live. It is a real village, with a strong sense of community and of its history. The area has an association with the Armstrong and the Elliot Clans, the latter of whom have a four yearly gathering in Liddesdale. The Liddesdale Heritage Association run the Liddesdale Heritage Centre and Museum, which displays the colourful history of the region and its people.