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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
New route highlights hidden history

A GARDEN in Dumfries and Galloway is featured in 'Hidden History Trails', which uncover Scotland’s secret history.

Threave Gardens and Estate is one of six walks highlighted by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

Following digs and investigations by the charity’s archaeology team, a route at Threave has been signposted with stories of survival of both the people who used to live there and the landscape, from the Neolithic period to the modern era.

Visitors can walk the ancient paths down to Threave Castle with its stories of sieges and the hidden iron Age cropmark enclosures that lie hidden beneath the turf.

The routes have been drawn up as part of Archaeology Month (September 2020) and coincide with the conservation charity’s Stride Out for Scotland campaign.

NTS head of archaeology Derek Alexander said: “The walks really cover everything. You’ll see nature, wildlife and archaeology, there really is something for everyone along the routes.

“Normally we would cover these routes on guided walks, but we obviously can’t do that for groups at the moment and are instead encouraging people to discover these places for themselves.

“The trails tell of Scotland’s hidden heritage and some of the things we highlight are very subtle, you would not know what was there until someone actually points out the features in the landscape and tells you the story.

“And more often than not, it’s the archaeology of the everyday. We are telling the stories of Scotland’s people – not of the elites.”

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