By Robin Howie
Beneficiant together with his support and suggestion to different walkers, this selection of shorter, reduce point walks will entice households and people much less definite of venturing to the excessive tops. This key consultant has the entire very important positive factors that might maximise your delight in the walks.
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Extra resources for 100 Scotsman Walks: From Hill to Glen and River
Continue to a small bridge that spans a burn. In spate when we were there, the brown silt-carrying water contrasted with the purer waters of the Tweed. Follow the burn, heading northwest to reach the B6404. Continue southwest to Mertoun Bridge (the heron was still there). Head west on the north bank of the Tweed, passing Mertoun Mill and cottages that had sandbags at the front doors (the Tweed had risen some 15ft just a few days before). Continue past the entrance to the 12th Century Dryburgh Abbey – now in ruins and the burial place of Sir Walter Scott.
Keep left at the charming pond and shortly after follow the track as it goes northeast by the side of the moor, staying above a grassy ravine that holds the stream that flows to the pond. The bleakness of the moor is relieved by the number of moorland birds and by the remnants of three pre-historic burial cairns. The Nether Cairn at ten metres in height is the best preserved of its kind in the country. The track reaches the highest point between North Muir and Mendick Hill at what is known as The Garral – an 18th Century focal point for the outlawed gatherings of Covenanters.
Transport was then provided to get us back to Traquair. I am sorry, but you will have to pre-arrange your own transport! Originally a row of four cottages, Broadmeadows is still a charming and ideal base for exploration. Much of the Border country is rich in history and this area is no exception. Telephone 0870-004-1107. The route from Traquair to Broadmeadows using the Minchmoor Road follows part of the Southern Upland Way, in turn part of an old drove road. The Minchmoor Road has been in use for centuries.
100 Scotsman Walks: From Hill to Glen and River by Robin Howie