St. Mary’s Loch to Traquair

This is a beautiful route from St. Mary’s Loch to Traquair, along the banks of St. Mary’s Loch, it is a short walk along on tracks and paths.

Start at the Tibbie Shiel’s Inn, through the grounds of the Sailing Club and into woodland. When you reach Bowerhope Farm carry on to the bridge at Yarrow Water and after crossing this you are walking through fields, until you reach the A708. Cross the A708 road and at the junction take the right turn, unless you want to take a short diversion to Dryhope tower, in which case turn left. If you don’t, then continue right and the path takes you across South Hawkshore Rig and then across the North Hawkshaw Rig. At the bridge, cross over it and pass the farm and follow the path along the forest’s edge.

The walk then takes you across open country and up Blake Muir, which is 1532 feet high (467m). From here you can see Innerleithenn. Climb down Blake Muir and walk until you reach the minor road, which is at Kirkhouse and you can visit the church of Traquair, which was built at the end of the 18th century. Continue along the minor road and into the village.

Traquair is a small village and home to Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair House, which was built in the 12th century and which is now a hotel, wedding and events location. You can visit the grounds and the Brewery.