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003 Siller Stane, Eildon Hills, Melrose.

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Description
The Siller or Sillar Stane is a large glacial erratic boulder some 5.00m or so north-west of the footpath running between Eildon Mid Hill and Eildon Hill North, on the south side of the Eildon Hills. The stone is almost hidden completely by bracken in summer and easily missed but can be seen from the platform to the south of Eildon Hill North.

Interestingly, there is a distinct lack of lichen on the stone although other stones in the area have heavy natural growths. Why this is so is not known. The Sillar stone also stands beside the route of The St. Cuthbert's Way, a long distance footpath running from Melrose to Lindisfarne which may be significant. St. Cuthbert was a Celtic monk and missionary bishop, around AD664.

Note: The author has not been able to determine if the stone shown above is actually the Siller Stone. However, there are no other significant stones in the vicinity.

Directions
Various walks are available in and around the Eildon Hills starting from Melrose and a leaflet is available from the tourist information office. The stone can be found on the east side of the footpath between Eildon North Hill and Eildon Mid Hill, just before you enter to woodland to the south.

Parking
In Melrose or by roadside at Bowden Reservoir. There is also parking along the old main road to St. Boswells to the south east of Melrose. Follow the signs for Eildontree Stone.

Folklore
Siller or sillar also means silver, a well known element in witchcraft and the stone does have a kind of glow to it, particularly at night under bright moonlight. A connection, perhaps?

Fieldnotes
The Siller Stane or Silver Stone sits in one of the most exciting of settings, the Eildon Hills which was known as Trimontium in Roman times. The stone is obvious if you look out for it but seems out of place as there are no similar stones in the area. I'm not sure if the stone is a glacial erratic or native to the hills but I'll find out one day. The Siller Stane is shown on old Ordnance Survey maps dating back as far as 1863. Make sure you climb Eildon Hill North with its hill fort, Roman signal station and amazing view all round. There's an info cairn on Eildon Mid Hill as well as the remains of a burial cairn.

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Quick Info
Type: Named Stone
Nearest Town: Melrose
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 73
O.S. Explorer Sheet 338
Grid Reference: NT 5517 3234
GPS Reference: SILLER

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076 Turn-Again Stone, Skirmish Hill, Melrose.

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