The Lammermuirs are a stunning area of moorland and provide the last uplands on the Southern Upland Way.
Leaving Lauder and passing by the dramatic Thirlestane Castle you will start to gain height. You soon get the epic views that will be a feature of this part of the route. The lammermuirs are an area of heather moorland high enough to get amazing views but flat enough for the views to reach the horizon.
At the highest point of the day you will come to Twin Law Cairns. These two impressive constructed stone cairns are monuments to two warrior brothers. From here you will be able to see the lammemuirs, Eildon and Cheviot hills.
As you come down the other side the path skirts around the Watch Water Reservoir before getting to Longformacus. This is a very small village with no shops so be sure to carry what you need.
Last night a wind from Lammermoor came roaring up the glen
With the tramp of trooping horses and the laugh of reckless men
And struck a mailed hand on the gate and cried in rebel glee:
"Come forth. Come forth, my Borderer, and ride the March with me!"
Will H Ogilvie
|OS Explorer Maps||345 Lammermuir Hills|
346 Berwick upon Tweed
|Distance||24 km / 15 miles|
|Height Range||160 – 441m|
|Supplies||There are shops in Lauder but none on route.|
|Public Transport||Regular bus services from Lauder, none on route.|
|Cycling||The entire of this section is suitable for mountain bikes.|