Walk: Three Brethren - where ancient lands meet

Scottish Borders | Selkirk | Half day walk | ★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Three Brethren - where ancient lands meet ★★★
Start / finish at car park on Corbylinn Road, 1 mi west of Selkirk, G.R.: NT 454289 ///piles.search.riskiest

▶ 9 km / 6 mi | ▲ 410 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Corby Linn; △ Three Brethren (464 m); Three Brethren cairns
Terrain: Tracks and paths across open ground, rougher and wet in places on the return.

Route & map

Car park - Corby Linn - reservoir - Cairn Rig - Three Brethren summit & cairns - path junction above Little Crib - Peat Law - Bannerfield Plantation - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep with newly born lambs; bird of prey circling above Peat Law.
Weather: 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)]

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