Ettrick Hills horseshoe

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The green rounded hills at the head of the Ettrick valley offer pleasant walking in a very quiet area. This fine undulating circuit is fairly easy to follow thanks to the ever-present boundary fences.


Forest tracks at the start and finish. Faint paths on the tops but mostly sound going over grassy slopes and only a few softer sections.

Public Transport

None to start. Traveline Scotland.


Head of Ettrick Valley. Map and directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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