Stunning view of the Whiteadder river valley with wind farm in the distance.


If you love walking, the Lammermuirs has a great deal to offer. Duns, Abbey St Bathans or Garvald are good places to begin, especially if you like to start with a cake and a coffee.

Follow the sculpture trail from Abbey St Bathans or walk from Duns to the old farm of Windy Windshiel. The John Muir Way and Southern Upland way both run though this landscape, meeting near Duns.

A family on mountain bikes cycling along a gravel path.


Cycling is a great way to explore and appreciate the Whiteadder area. You might want to explore part of the John Muir Way or Southern Upland Way – these established routes make for miles and miles of established well-surfaced track. You can wheel your way through tranquil countryside with no cars to get in the way. Use our atlas to help plan your route. Watch out for new path networks and app, coming soon in 2020 as part of our project.

Looking along the main road, just south of the Whiteadder reservoir as it follows the path of the river.


With so much to see in the Lammermuirs, it’s a great place for a day trip with the car, especially if you love history. This area is just over an hour away from Edinburgh. Don’t miss the picturesque village of Abbey St Bathans, the old church of Longformacus and Edin Hill Broch. Look at our atlas to find out more about the wealth of archaeological sites you can visit.

Colourful pebbles and stones under the surface of the Whiteadder river near Elba.

Creative arts

Are you a visual artist inspired by this landscape, or working within it? Artists have long been inspired by the rolling hills and woodlands of the Whiteadder river valley.  This website and the Creative Arts Facebook page will showcase the work of artists working in the Lammermuirs both today and from times past. Please get in touch to find out how you can get involved in this project.

Close up photograph showing the detail of a violin.


The Scottish Borders has a long tradition of music – from folksongs and border ballads to a major classical music festival. It is also a place of poetry and storytelling, famously through Wilson’s Tales of the Borders. Are you a musician, poet or storyteller yourself – perhaps you’d like to take part in one of our events, or apply to contribute a recording to our atlas? The atlas will be updated as we collect and discover new songs and sounds. Please get in touch to find out how you can get involved.

Looking towards the reservoir with pine trees on either side and heather covered hill in the distance.


Have you captured any stunning images of the area around the Whiteadder river? Please get in touch and let us know if you would like to submit any photographs for inclusion in the atlas.