Eildon Hill

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  1. AllenX says:

    Re: Eildon Hill
    Now I know that Eildon hill was once a romantic place. Fortunately now, Scottish Thistle does not habituate it. The Scottish Thistle is an annoying pest in yards, gardens, and pastures everywhere. Anyone who has had to remove any Scottish thistle knows how much extra cash you’d give to eradicate the plant forever. The Scottish or cotton thistle is also a cultural emblem to Scots, and it’s often referred to as the Flower of Scotland.  According to legend, a marauding Viking stepped on a plant during a night time raid, which alerted Scottish forces to their whereabouts – and crushed them.  It’s been an emblem to the Scottish Nation ever since. 

  2. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Eildon Hill

    The following was e-mailed in by a reader:

    Daniel Parkinson in his article about The Eildon Hill, writes that he cannot find the Eildon Stone (Rhymers Stone). This is unfortunate as it is easy to find and is rather beautiful and it mentions the prediction of Thomas the Rhymer and the three bridges (he said that one day, from that spot, three bridges would be visible, and they now are). The best way to find it is to pass along the road to the Melrose Crematorium – the road is then closed to vehicles, but a very short walk brings you to the stone. In addition, there is a sign on the main road (Melrose by-pass) which indicates "Rhymers Stone".