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Scottish National Trail: Stage 1, Kirk Yetholm to Milngavie

Scottish National Trail: Stage 1, Kirk Yetholm to Milngavie

Postby Alba Bhoy » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:05 pm

Date walked: 09/12/2013

Distance: 230 km

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Inspired by the Cameron McNeish programme, 'Scotland, End to End, that was shown on BBC Scotland in December 2012, I made a New Year Resolution to try and walk the Scottish National Trail, during 2013 and 2014, over free weekends and the occasional day's holiday.
I did the first stage, Kirk Yetholm to Ancrum, via Harestanes, on Saturday the 2nd of March 2013.
I had no idea how far I would go before the end of the year. I'm a fair weather walker -not keen on walking in the rain - but managed to make it as far north as Ullapool before I put my boots away for the winter. Must have been a good summer :lol:
All going well, I'll complete the trail by sauntering from Ullapool to Cape Wrath some time next year.
Here's the story of stage 1: Kirk Yetholm to Milngavie (143 miles approximately).
While this section had some long stages it was easy walking. Routes such as http://stcuthbertsway.info/ and http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/southern-upland-way.shtml were well signposted and generally easy to follow.
Unlike further north they were also usually dry :clap:
Walking the canals between Edinburgh and Glasgow was also easy going. Nice flat paths and easily accessible by train which was handy for me as I live in Edinburgh :D
In terms of facilities, this first section to Milngavie was also easy; you pass through, or close by, lots of towns so no problem finding accommodation, cash machines, tourist info offices, supplies, transport etc etc.
In terms of walking, it's a nice, gentle, introduction to the Scottish National Trail and all the more enjoyable for that :D
As one who usually heads North when going walking it was also a pleasure to re-acquaint myself with the Borders. What a beautiful part of the World.
Details of each section I walked together with the OS Landranger map numbers, miles walked ( all distances are my estimates) , time taken, accommodation I stayed in etc etc can be found by clicking on the links below.
Kirk Yetholm to Ancrum via Harestanes - 19 miles
Harestanes to Melrose - 15 miles
Melrose to Peebles - 25 miles
Peebles to Carlops - 16 miles
Carlops to Water of Leith Visitor Centre, Edinburgh - 14 miles
Linlithgow to Edinburgh - 21 miles (I took the train to Linlithgow then walked home)
Falkirk High station to Linlithgow - 9 miles
Falkirk High station to Milngavie 24 miles

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