COUNTRY DIARY

TODAY: Trimontium Walk: A guided walk from mediaeval Melrose past the abbey and along the Tweed Valley path to Newstead, masons’ village. A circuit of the hidden Roman fortress of Trimontium includes views from the towering Leaderfoot Viaduct, followed by tea in the village hall and return to Melrose by the same route or by the riverside (15 mins longer). 1.30-5.15pm, meet Roman Heritage Centre, Melrose. Walk moderate, wear stout shoes. All ages, £3 (£2.50, schoolchildren free). Contact: Donald Gordon, 01896 822651

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, and MONDAY: Living history at Traquair: Soldiers of fortune returning from the 30 Years War in 1639 are camped at Traquair this weekend. Come and see their Living History display and find out what life was about in the first part of the 17th century

SUNDAY: Willow plant supports. Harestanes near Ancrum. Make your own beautiful willow plant supports under expert guidance, 1pm-4pm