Newstead is known as the oldest inhabited village in Scotland, probably because we know that the Romans lived here before 100AD and people have lived here ever since. Let us not, however, forget that long before that there were, no doubt, hunter gatherers who lived here too, some 4000 years earlier, in an area below the Eildons close to water and a food supply. These were then followed by Bronze Age and Iron Age peoples, also before the Romans.
On the 'real' walk, the guides point out various stones let into the walls and the marks on them, and give a commentary on the buildings as you pass them by. Being local themselves, they may take you into private gardens for a close look at something of particular interest. You will pass the War Memorial and St John's Wynd, which was the site of the first Masonic Lodge, on the left, and the Village Hall on the right.
As there is no way we can do this part justice, we shall pass on out of the village past the Millennium Stone, at the same time encouraging you to come on the 'real' walk.
From this point there is, weather permitting, an excellent view of Eildon Hill North.
Between Eildon North Hill and the Tweed, all the land in front of you was part of the Roman Settlement of Trimontium.
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