Duns and District is a defined area of the Scottish Borders focusing on the market town of Duns, covering postcode areas TD10 and TD11. It has a unique set of services and facilities, is an area with a distinct character, has a long history celebrated annually via traditional events and activities, and is a town of promise and some beauty. It sits within Berwickshire and was the county town from 1903 until Local Government reorganisation in 1987.
The area is ideal for outdoor activities, being located between the Lammermuir Hills and the Cheviots, with easy access to the Southern Upland Way, the River Tweed and the coast. It is some 50 miles from Edinburgh, and around 15 miles from Kelso, Eyemouth and Berwick upon Tweed (which has a station on the East Coast railway line).
The town of Duns has a population of around 2,800, having grown steadily over the past two decades. The wider TD10 and TD11 area has a population of around 8,500. For its size, the community is well served in terms of health and education services and commercial and retail enterprises.
Duns has the Knoll Community Hospital, linked to two medical practices, as well as a dental practice, an optician and a pharmacy. Berwickshire High School is a rural state comprehensive, with around 680 students. It has five partner primary schools: Chirnside, Coldstream, Duns, Greenlaw and Swinton. Shopping is centered around the historic Duns Market Square, which includes a post office, newsagents, specialist food stores, cafés and gift shops.
A Heart for Duns is a local charity, which became a development trust in 2017. It works to promote the continuous regeneration and betterment of Duns. As well as owning and running the Volunteer Hall, it set up the Duns Community Action Group during the Covid-19 pandemic and supports Blooming Marvellous, a group which maintains community planting schemes around the town.
Several other local organisations work toward enriching life in the community, ranging from Duns and District U3A, support and care groups, to volunteer groups and Borders Talking Newspapers.
Farne Salmon and Trout, with a core workforce of 700 people, is the largest private sector employer in the Scottish Borders. Its Duns plant is one of the biggest smoked salmon facilities in Europe.
Duns is twinned with Żagań in Poland. During the Second World War, the area hosted armoured regiments of the Polish Army; a memorial to the men of these regiments who died in the conflict is in Duns Park.
For information on the area’s past, please visit Dunse History Society.