Day 10 – Scabcleuch to Innerleithen (18.9 miles)

First thing on the agenda this morning was a short but very steep climb up ‘Scabcleuch Burn’ on the pass between Craig Hill & Scabcleuch Hill. Adele didn’t appreciate it very much, straight out of the car, onto the steepest climb of the day. After that we wandered through the rest of the hills to St. Mary’s Loch in broken cloud and sporadic sunshine.
We descended to the shores of St. Mary’s Loch and the site of the former Inn the ‘Tibbie Shiels Inn’, famous in these parts for (and probably named after) the hard, independent, strong, well loved & revered woman who ran it until 1878, “Tibbie Shiels”. She entertained Sir Walter Scott & James Hogg to name just a couple.
The route then follows the southern shore of the Loch for about 3 miles, during this time the wind from the south west was beginning to brisken.(I know that’s probably not a word)
Dryhope tower loomed on the horizon next, it’s a ruin of a 14th century lookout tower built by villagers for defensive purposes.
All that remained today was 8 miles of rolling hills through sheep pasture, pine plantation and open moorland, during intermittent showers. (Coats on & off & on again) Then a couple of miles on the road through Traquair, home of Traquair House, famous for being the ‘Oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland’ (the marketing people obviously put the hours in for that one) to Innerleithen.
Dinner tonight was: Chicken Curry for me (the 3rd time on this trip). Adele had Steak & Ale Pie & chips
Stats: Total Mileage: 163.2 Pint count: 24

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