Walk: Cocks & brochs of Abbey St Bathans

Scottish Borders | Lammermuir Hills | Half day walk | ★★★

[Cockburn Law]

The peaceful hamlet of Abbey St Bathans sits in a particularly remote corner of the Scottish Borders, but this is a district well worth seeking out. Scattered across the local hillside is a fascinating collection of ancient settlements, forts and cairns, including Cockburn Law's Iron Age ramparts and Edin Hall Broch. The scenery on this circuit either side of the attractive Whiteadder Water is rewarding even without the history aspect, with views across the Lammermuirs, Cheviots and southeast into England from the higher parts of the route. Call in at the Riverside Bakehouse at the start / finish, and let us know what you think!

[Edin's Hall Broch]

📌 Walk: Cocks & brochs of Abbey St Bathans ★★★
Start / finish at car park in Abbey St Bathans, G.R.: NT 763619 ///tins.slips.organist

▶ 10 km / 6 mi | ▲ 360 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: △ Cockburn Law (325 m); Edin's Hall Broch ★★
Terrain: Mixture of minor roads, tracks and hill / country paths with some ascent and descent. Paths are fainter and braided on ascent of Cockburn Law.

Route & map

Car park - leave minor road at bend at G.R.: NT 767612 - path junction / fence at G.R.: NT 769603 - Cockburn Law - return to path junction / fence - Edin's Hall Broch - Elba suspension bridge - Moorhouse - Edgar's Cleugh - start by Southern Upland Way

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: 3 buzzards, noisy mallard ducks, grey heron, tame chickens and geese, grey squirrel, sheep. Snowdrops out.
Weather: Unbroken sunshine with temperatures in double figures but windy higher up.

Chronological photo guide

[Whiteadder Water near the start]

[Leave the road after the first mile]

[Eller Burn]

[Start of the ascent to Cockburn Law]

[View towards the Whiteadder Water from the ascent of Cockburn Law] 

[Cockburn Law]

[Cockburn Law earthworks]

[Cockburn Law]

[Summit views]

[Summit views]

[Whiteadder Water and Retreat House from Edin's Hall Broch]

[Edin's Hall Broch]

[Descent from Edin's Hall Broch]

[Whiteadder Water]

[Elba footbridge]

[Whiteadder Water]

[Road return]

[Wool and windfarms]

[Edgar's Cleugh]

[Joining the Southern Upland Way - fording the burn is not required!]

[Chicken and snowdrops]

[Crossing the Whiteadder Water at the finish]


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