Traquair - Glengaber - Traquair Forest - Traquair

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Traquair - Damhead - Glengaber - Traquair Forest - Traquair

Starting from the Borders village of Traquair, the walk is firstly through farmland, climbing to a moorland ridge above a beautiful and lonely valley. There is excellent Borders scenery all the way, so best to try to choose a good day to enjoy it all the more.

At the head of the valley we pass an isolated farmhouse and then a return is made to Traquair through Traquair Forest, joining the Southern Upland Way for the last two kilometres. Most of the walk has waymarking so is very easy to follow.

Only one short section at Glengaber requires a little navigation as there's no clear path, but this presents no problems unless fog is present.

For art lovers, a short diversion leads to Charles Poulsen's Point of Resolution. This is a fascinating growing art sculpture. The idea is that from a fixed viewing point (the resolution point), there appear to be circles or rings cut in the heather. However, once the viewer moves away from that point it becomes apparent that what can be seen are not circles at all but huge irregular ovals. The dimensions of the largest of the forms illustrate this point (150 metres long but only thirty metres wide). The forms cut in the heather will change over time with the new heather coming through and the flowering of the heather will change the experience.

Scotland - South Scotland - Scottish Borders - Tweed Valley


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Wildlife, Woodland
23/11/2015 - Lesley Glidden

I walked this recently it was lovely as the colour was still on the trees. Couldn't find the cairn for Drysdale Learmont. Track was very muddy, the Bothy has been removed as it was falling down. Very enjoyable.

07/07/2013 - Robert Watterson

Walked this today.The outward half was quite nice. On the return from where the forest is entered, after Glengaber, should be missed for the next 10years, as a large part of the forest has been clear felled and resembles the aftermath of a meteorite impact zone... not good.

20/06/2011 - Robert Watterson

First part of this walk is very nice. Some parts on the return through dense forest are a bit boring.

25/11/2010 - Tom and Joyce Kay

The short (600m each way) extension to the Learmont Drysdale memorial cairn (334316) & visitors book is well worth the short climb thro the heather for the all round panorama. From Glengaber it is now only necessary to proceed NE by the wall to a newish walkers gate which eliminates any need to climb the fences and some nasty looking barbed wire. The track to the forest is obvious.