Walk: Three Brethren - where ancient lands meet

[Tough going in the snow over Peat Law today]

The old estate boundaries of Yair, Philiphaugh and Selkirk come together at the top of a broad hill above what is today Yair Hill Forest. Their convergence is marked by a trio of massive cairns, constructed by the respective landowners in the 15th century. They add character to what's already an excellent viewpoint over rolling Borders hills, with the shapelier peaks of the Eildon Hills catching the eye to the east. On the way up, look out for the waterfall of Corby Linn, while Selkirk dominates views on the return.

[Meigle Hill (centre) from the descent]

Name: Walk: Three Brethren - where ancient lands meet ★☆☆
Length: 9 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 410 metres
Main summits: Three Brethren (464 metres)
Points of interest: Three Brethren cairns
Start / finish: Car park on Corbylinn Road, a mile west of Selkirk, G.R.: NT 454289 / piles search riskiest

Route: Car park - Corby Linn - reservoir - Cairn Rig - Three Brethren summit & cairns - path junction above Little Crib - Peat Law - Bannerfield Plantation - start
Terrain: Tracks and paths across open ground, rougher and wet in places on the return.
Wildlife today: Sheep with newly born lambs; bird of prey circling above Peat Law.
Weather today: Cloudy and a bit hazy but dry, with slushy snow covering the paths higher up.

[Views from the cairns are extensive even on a hazy day like this: this is east towards the Eildons (right)]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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