Eildon Hills

Eildon Hills from Melrose
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Eildon Hills from Melrose

Surrounded by prosperous farming country, the legacy of 18th and 19th century farm improvement, the three volcanic peaks of the Eildon Hills are a prominent landmark to the south of Melrose in the middle Tweed valley of the Scottish Borders. The hills rise to a height of 422m (1385 feet) at Eildon Mid Hill, with the other peaks named Eildon Hill North and Eildon Wester Hill. The eroded remnants of a volcanic vent dating from the Carboniferous period (286-360 million years ago), the Eildons are capped by an Iron-Age fort and a geographical indicator, designed by the noted Scottish surveyor John Mathieson (1855 - 1945). In legend, the area around the Eildon Hills is associated with King Arthur and the wizard Michael Scott who is attributed with the splitting of the hills, one from another.

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