Back walking on my own and my first day in Scotland. I leave Coldstream on a long, straight road north and then cut off into a wood for some variety.
Due to the mud I give up on the wood relatively quickly and get back onto the road.
Seven miles outside Coldstream I reach the hamlet of Mount Pleasant. It's a running joke in Scotland that they get four seasons in one day. I'm walking along in a t-shirt enjoying the sun when, out of nowhere, it absolutely chucks it down. And then it's back to sunny again, all in the space of ten minutes.
Cross the River Blackadder and down into the town of Duns, where it's the country show and the sound of bagpipes drifts across the town.
Up until now today's walk has been enjoyable but unremarkable. After Duns I head up onto the moors with great views of the borders. It rains on one side but as I come down the other side it's a beautiful evening.
The final stretch into Longformacus is along another stretch of straight road, bordered by trees and passing a isolated graveyard.