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The Ettrick Trail

(Selkirk via Moffat to Peebles)

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Welcome to the Ettrick Self Drive Audio Trail

My name is Margaret Laidlaw, born and bred here in the Ettrick Valley. My dad, Will O Phaup, was an extraordinary runner and he's re-living his racing days down in Moffat - swears that in all his life he never was beaten. His prize was often brandy, smuggled up from the Solway. And so, as the evening lengthened the stories begain: in whatever company he would keep them in a roar of merriment and song.
Which leads me on to my son James. Like his father and grandfather, he trained as a shepherd. But he's best known for his love of books and of the songs we sang togehter. You may have heard of him... 'The Ettrick Shepherd'. Find out more about my life and family when you Drive and Discover the Ettrick Trail.

First we follow the river Esk up a remote valley filled with extraordinary people and places - one of Britain's best-known engineers, an ancient kings' grave, neolithic stone circles, and a most amazing monastery. We hear of covenanters and pedlars before dropping down to Ettrick to hear about Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd. As we return to Selkirk there are stories and songs concerning poets, reivers, covenanters, wizards - two fairy queens.

Trail length is 40 miles, driving time is approximately 1 ¼ hrs and the trail will take you a full day.


Please explore the trail map and plan your day by taking advantage of your Reivers Pass, free when you buy this trail and all the wonderful customer benefits that are on offer.
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