Don't miss the V8 Scottish Borders Tour 2022

Tony Smith has volunteered to plan and arrange a wonderful long weekend tour in the Scottish Borders based at the Barony Castle Hotel at Eddleston near Peebles.
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Details of some of the places to visit on days 2 and 3 on the V8 Scottish Borders Tour
Update with useful information on routes and places to visit.

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See reports and photos from the V8 Scottish Borders Tour 2022
Report 1 from Lorraine Noble-Thompson
Report 2 from Ken Clayton
Report 3 from Lorraine Noble-Thompson
Report 4 with photos from Helen Kirkness

Barony Castle Hotel - will be the base hotel for the tour. Originally built for the Murrays of Blackbarony and steeped in history, this imposing 16th century tower house has evolved into the modern, welcoming hotel we see today. Barony Castle was originally known as Darnhall and stands in spacious grounds west of Eddleston village in Tweeddale. More

Day 1
Friday 9th September 2022
As well as wine on the table there will be a welcome reception with wine and canapé

Tour organiser Tony Smith and supporter Lorraine Noble-Thompson have generously volunteered to organise this tour in the Scottish Borders.
Day 2
Saturday 10th September 2022
A morning route of around 70 miles to Moffat via the Meldon Hills, through upper Tweedale passing the 5 star World Class Botanic Garden at Dawyck - plenty of time to visit on your return from Moffat. Travelling towards the source of the River Tweed we will take the minor road past the Tala and Meggat Reservoirs ( the gravity source of Edinburgh's water supply). The route takes you up Tala Linn, a famous 1 in 5 climb much used in Historic rallies. Then via St Mary's Loch onto to the picturesque Ettrick Valley to Eskdale Muir (coffee opportunity). On the way you must stop and walk round the Temple and Gardens at the Samye Ling Monastery a Tibettan Buddhist Centre established in 1967. From Eskdale Muir we will travel up Annandale towards Moffat a convenient lunch stop with many cafes with good parking and a filling station with E5 petrol.

Moffat is famous for its toffee and the Word's narrowest hotel is a bustling tourist spa town also notable as only one mile north is the centre of the UK. On your return covering 35 or so miles you pass the Devil's Beef Tub 500 feet below the main road, then passing the source of the Tweed. Back via the Dawick ( a good coffee stop and visit ) then on via Peebles to the Barony Castle Hotel.

In the Evening we shall have Doug Niven, Jim Clark's cousin as our guest and speaker.

The Meldons are two hills (Black Meldon and White Meldon) above Peebles and Eddleston. More

World Class Botanic Garden at Dawyck. More

Climb up towards Megget Reservoir where you can enjoy views towards Broad Law at 840m

Devil's Beef Tub is a deep, dramatic hollow in the hills north of the Scottish town of Moffat. More
Day 3
Sunday 11th September 2022

Travelling to the Jim Clark Museum via the Lammermuir Hills (some 45 plus miles) we will be met by Doug Niven again to give an introduction to the museum - entry is included in the tour fee. You can also walk to the Jim Clark Bistro for a coffee.

The Jim Clark Trail also starts from the Museum and Tony will give out a self navigating brochure to each car. The route is 50 or so miles returning you to Duns via Chirnside, Berwick upon Tweed, The Union Chain Bridge, the Chain Bridge Honey Farm ( just a brief sojourn into Englandshire) and back to Duns.

Joining the afternoon route ( 59 miles) via Scott's View and the Wallace Statue back via Selkirk ( E5 petrol) and the lower Tweed valley to Peebles and the hotel.

In the evening the event organiser Tony Smith will have a light hearted observation quiz based on the routes and the Scottish Borders with prizes.

Jim Clark Museum - discover stories of Jim’s greatest races, learn about his farming background and modest personality, watch films of him in action, be amazed by the trophy collection, be inspired by memorabilia, get hands-on with interactive displays. The star attractions of the new museum are two of Jim Clark’s most famous race cars, the iconic Formula One, Lotus 25 and his road-going Lotus Elan used in France. More

Scott's View is a viewpoint in the Scottish Borders, overlooking the valley of the River Tweed, which is reputed to be one of the favourite views of Sir Walter Scott. More

Statue of William Wallace was made of red sandstone and erected in 1814. It stands 31 feet (9.4 m) high and depicts Wallace looking over the River Tweed. More
Day 4
Monday 12th September 2022

Bon Voyage and safe journey home.

For those arriving early on the Friday or tarrying on the Monday, Peebles is a perfect historical/shopping visit where parking is free on weekdays.
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