The Duns Town Trail has been set up by Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Borders Tourist Board. The aim is to welcome the visitor to Duns and provide an added dimension to local history and a flavour of the town's development.
The name Duns derives from the Gaelic Dun meaning fort (or hill top) which has been pluralised in an English form with the addition of the letter 's'. It may also come from the Anglo-Saxon for a low hill with a flat summit. The town of Duns lies only 17km (10½ miles) from the National Border.
The Trail is in total approximately 5.5 km (3 ½ miles) long. This should take about 2 hours to complete. Those with less time to spare may wish to reduce this by referring to the Trail map in the centre pages.
In order to guide the visitor, numbered plaques are sited along the route at specific points of interest and information relating to them can be found within this leaflet. As some of the sites along the Trail are houses, we would ask you to respect the owners' privacy.
We hope you will enjoy walking around the Town Trail and trust that you will have a pleasant stay in Duns.