About the Town of Duns

Duns Law, a 700 ft hill beside the town, is the original site of the settlement of Duns. Along its top can be found the remains of an old Iron Age hill fort. A stone at the summit also identifies the encampment where the Covenanters, under General David Leslie, set up their standard in 1639. This event marks the beginning of the fight for Scottish independence, first against Charles I and later against Cromwell.

Situated just north west of the town is Duns Castle. An early 19th-c Gothic mansion built around a much older Norman Keep (or Pele Tower), which has been home to the Hay family since 1696.

The Formula 1 racing driver Jim Clark lived in Duns from 1936 to 1968. He won the world championship in 1963 and again in 1965, but sadly died in a racing accident in 1968. The Jim Clark Museum, located in the Burgh Chambers is devoted to his exploits.

Another famous son of Duns was John Duns Scotus, a medieval scholar and religious thinker who taught at the University of Paris. A bronze statue of him stands in the public park and his portrait hangs in the Council Chambers.

What to See in Duns

Duns Castle

Duns Castle is the residence of the current Laird, Alexander Hay. The oldest part of the property, is a Norman Keep or Pele Tower (circa 1320). Although the property is not open to visitors it can be booked for weddings, events and functions. The surrounding parkland, however, is accessible to the public.

Location: Duns Castle Estate, Duns, Berwickshire TD11 3NW - Tel: 01361 88321
Website: dunscastle.co.uk

Duns Castle Nature Reserve

Reached by a footpath just off Castle Street. Includes a way marked path that climbs up Duns Law, affording fine views of the castle.

Tim Clark Memorial Room

Museum dedicated to the life of the famous racing driver Jim Clark. The museum displays his many racing trophies and racing memorabilia.

Location: 44 Newtown Street, Duns, Scottish Borders, TD11 3AU - Tel: 01361 884114
Website: jimclarktrust.com

 

Duns Town Trail

A high informative way-marked trail, detailing the most historic parts of the town, is provided by The Scottish Borders Council. Allow at least 2 hours to complete.

Map of Duns

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