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Due to restoration works, the mausoleum is closed to the public from May 2018 until the summer of 2019.

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Lilliards Edge looking towards the mausoleum

Walking

The mausoleum is a twenty minute walk from the ancient Dere Street, which now forms part of  St.Cuthberts Way long distance path. At the top of the ridge which is called Lilliards Edge, look out for the Tomb of Maid Lilliard. Having paused to admire her bravery, continue along the top of the ridge in a westerly direction, until you reach the notorious A68 trunk road. You are strongly advised not to cross at the top of the hill, as visibility of on-coming traffic is very poor. Walk southwards down the side of the road towards the houses, then cross when you feel it is safe to do so. Head back up the hill until you see a new farm track on your left going into the woodland. The mausoleum is a five minute walk along the track. During restoration of the mausoleum be aware of contractors vehicles using this track. Please close the gates to protect livestock, and always follow the Countryside Code.

By Car

From the North, the mausoleum is 42 miles from Edinburgh on the A68.

After passing through St. Boswells continue south on the A68 for about two miles. As you climb a long hill, the Mausoleum will be visible on the skyline to the right. Continue a further half mile until you see the signs for Lilliardsedge Holiday Park on the right. There is a lay-by on the left just before the entrance. Park here and walk back up the road, past the houses, until you find a safe place to cross the road onto the grass verge, turning right towards the brow of the hill. About fifty yards before the top of the hill follow a new farm track into the woodland. The mausoleum is a five minute walk along the track. During restoration of the mausoleum be aware of contractors vehicles using this track. Private vehicles are prohibited.

From the South, the mausoleum is 62 miles from Newcastle on Tyne on the A68.

After passing through Jedburgh continue for about four miles until you see the signs for Lilliardsedge Holiday Park on the left. There is a lay-by immediately opposite the Holiday Park entrance. Park in the lay-by and walk up the hill, past the houses, until you find a safe place to cross the road onto the grass verge, turning right towards the brow of the hill. About fifty yards before the top of the hill follow a new farm track left into the woodland. The mausoleum is a five minute walk along the track. During restoration of the mausoleum be aware of contractors vehicles using this track. Private vehicles are prohibited.

By Bike

If you are confident to cycle on the A68 then follow the directions above. Caution, this is a narrow and fast trunk road and is unsuitable for inexperienced riders. The track up to the mausoleum from the A68 is suitable for cyclists in most conditions, but beware of walkers and contractors vehicles using this track.

There are minor roads to the west of the A68 linking Ancrum with St.Boswells which are easier for cyclists, but this route will involve a  twenty minute walk through dense woodland to reach the mausoleum.

Public Transport

With the recent re-opening of the Borders Railway, there is now a regular train service from Edinburgh to Galashiels where there is a Bus Interchange, Border Buses run frequent services from Galashiels which pass the mausoleum. Ask for Lilliards Edge Holiday Park, and follow the walking directions in the By Car section above. You are advised not to take the train to Tweedbank, as this is mainly a Park-and-Ride station and bus connections are less frequent. From the south, there is a good rail service to Berwick on Tweed, then by Border Buses to St. Boswells, with a possible further change to get to the mausoleum.

In fine weather, you could walk south from St. Boswells following the signposted St. Cuthberts Way and the ancient Dere Street, as outlined in the Walking section above. Walking on the A68 is inadvisable, it is a narrow and fast trunk road and there is no footway.


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New track from A68 road up to the mausoleum