The image featured is on the top of the 3 Brethren, I can only assume, that is what these cairns are. Many representing 3 brothers or something? Who knows.
Either way, we take the road out of Melrose, passing along the edge of Innerlaithen. We both notice changes, as we in more urbanised areas, people change, attitudes change. Edinburgh is near & we actually walk by the trainline for the start of the day. The start is a bit dull & boring to be honest, however that changes quite rapidly once we follow the Southern Upland way through Gala Hill & down into a crossing called Yair bridge, here we stop to admire the wide river..
There is something very relieving about walking by water, especially when you are being battered by the sun all day. It’s soothing and this is a good stop for the uphill struggle for the remaining 10 miles of the day. We head through the Yair forest up onto the exposed Scottish moors where we eventually meet the 3 Brethern… This is the highest climb we have done in Scotland so far, and a sign of things to come and the hills beyond glasgow, are not hills anymore, but Munros!
Up and beyond the 3 brethern, the path cuts further through more moorland, staying above 500 metres until we drop into Traquair by the end of the day. Traquair is a tiny hamlet but the nearby town of Innerlaithen is nearby where we are to camp for the night. We were hoping to stop in the bothy on Minch moor, however it is now closed. Today was pretty hard, & by towards the end we are both looking at the big birds wondering if they are going to pick us up by our shoulders and drop us into the village..