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Cockburnspath is a Village in southeast Scotland, 36 miles southeast of Edinburgh, 9 miles south of Dunbar.

Cockburnspath is popular as the start or end of the Southern Upland Way walking route, that runs between Cockburnspath on the east coast to to the scenic fishing village of Portpatrick on the west coast of Scotland, 214 miles /344 km in distance. Route Map.

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The image top is of the Market Square in Cockburnspath.

The second image is of the Market Cross.

Cockburnspath Parish Church built from the 1500s is situated just off the Market Square.

The War Memorial and Southern Upland Way information board are just down from the Market Square next to the main road.

Cove is a Hamlet on the coast, 1 mile west of Cockburnspath, where the Southern Upland Way reaches the coast. The walking route starts at Cockburnspath, goes to Cove, down the coast for a short distance, then west towards Portpatrick.

There is also a 10 mile Walking Route between Cockburnspath and Dunbar following the coast.

Cockburnspath History

1503 - the Market Cross was erected by King James IV to celebrate his marriage to Margaret Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII of England. The King gifted land in this area to Margaret, hoping that would lead to long lasting peace between Scotland and England.

1513 - James IV invaded England in an attempt to help France who were at war with England. James IV was killed at the Battle of Flodden that year with around 10,000 of his men.

1500s - the earliest parts of Cockburnspath Parish Church were built.

1614 - the Burial Aisle is at the east end of the Parish Church was built by the laird, William Arnot.

1650 - the Round Tower was built onto the Parish Church.

1800s - the Parish Church was mostly rebuilt.

1846 - the Railway Station was opened at Cockburnspath by the North British Railway on the line that runs between Edinburgh and Newcastle.

1953 - the Train Station at Cockburnspath closed.

1993 - the AI main road between Edinburgh and Newcastle was diverted past the Village, leading to few people, other than walkers, visiting.

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