Eskdale Prehistoric Trail: About the Trail

A waymarked trail to follow by car or bicycle, with stops to walk to nine impressive prehistoric sites


Getting Going

To get the best out of this waymarked trail, you can either print out the information from this site or get the free Trail Leaflet obtainable from nearby Visitor Information points, including the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm. Once you are on the Trail there are brown tourist signs and marker posts with our logo at each site.


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There are interpretation panels at each site.

Boxes attached to the panel posts contain laminated information sheets with site plans (reproduced by kind permission of RCAHMS) where appropriate. These plans are referred to in the site descriptions on these web pages and can be accessed on the Canmore section of the RCAHMS website. Registration is free.

Click here to find out all about the sites.

OS Explorer 323 is helpful, and tough waterproof boots/shoes are essential.

Our ancestors wanted their strongholds to be readily defended, so the approaches are usually steep. Some parts of the Trail can't be recommended for those with serious mobility problems.YOUR VISIT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.



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