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The Hume Trail

(Kelso via Duns to Coldstream)

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Welcome to the Hume Self Drive Audio Trail

Sir Patrick Hume at your service! You can call me Lang Patrick as it is what I go by in these parts. These lands belong to me and my family; you’ll be going by Hume Castle today and we’ll meet my cousin Lord Home and Warden of the East March. My story is one of the heart: lovely Marion Sinclair and her sister Margaret have both inherited estates, but their uncle Sir William Sinclair, instilling lies and a thousand suspicions into their minds, gained the entire management of their lands and estates. Now he plans to dispose of their freedom. So, this is how you find us - heading now, out across the Merse to rescue the sisters. Jimmy Fa the Gypsy king along with his men are joining us...and you can too, when you Drive and Discover the Hume Trail.

These ‘Merse’ or fertile lands were home to the powerful Hume Family - who had to have their wits about them over the centuries as the powerful English flexed their muscles. The trail weaves across to Berwick with its extraordinary Elizabethan fortifications and Kings Own Scottish Borderers museum. The stories now concern the slow and majestic Tweed, its nettings, wildlife and legends. We head upstream to Coldstream, finally pausing at historic Paxton House.

This trail starts at the car park in front of The Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso's main square.
Trail length is 45 miles, driving time is approximately 1 ½ hrs and the trail will take you a full day.
This trail will be available in autumn 2020. 

Please explore the trail map and plan your day by taking advantage of your Reivers Pass, free when you buy this trail.
For the best audio experience please download our free App to your Mobile/Tablet device enabling GPS activation and allowing you to relax, and just Drive and Discover.

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Audio information

Narrator - Alastair Cunningham
Historic Guide - Sir Patrick Hume
Sung Ballads - Kathy Hobkirk & Dougie Telfer

Musical excerpts from "A Reivers Moon"
By kind permission of Ian Landles and Alan Brydon

Drone footage by Above the Borders
and Borders Aerial Photography

Character Profiles





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