|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||6.5 miles (10.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6356 is a rural road in south Berwickshire. It was originally unclassified but gained its number in the late 1920s, making it an early example of a recycled number.
The road starts in the main square in Earlston by turning south off the A6105 only a short distance east of that road's junction with the A68. We head south along Station Road (the station itself is long-gone and its site is indistinguishable) and cross a burn before leaving town. Ahead is White Hill and the road bears right to go round the side before rejoining its former alignment. After we pass Black Hill there's a bend to the left in the hamlet of Redpath and we climb to a T-junction where we give way to an unclassified road. We turn right and then very shortly TOTSO left at the next junction to head south once more.
The road quality deteriorates as we pass through a wood and then re-enter open country to contour round Bemersyde Hill and pass the car park for Scott's View; the twin peaks of the Eildon Hills are clearly visible from here, weather permitting. After crossing a valley we next reach the hamlet of Bemersyde, where there's a sharp right-hand bend. Another car park is passed – this time for visitors to the nearby statue of William Wallace – and we then descend steeply to a T-junction.
All three directions here are numbered B6356. To the right an S2 spur heads a short distance to end at the gates of the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, from where an unclassified road continues to the abbey proper. The mainline of the B6356, also S2, heads east. A few bends later. and immediately after passing through the hamlet of Clintmains, the road ends at a T-junction meeting with the B6404.