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Philliphaugh Estate

Selkirk to
Selkirk

Walk No: 33

Start: Long Philip Burn car park (grid reference 455288, Landranger sheet 73). Head west out of Selkirk, following signs for A706 to St Mary's Loch and Moffat. Cross the Ettrick Water and take the second left. At the junction with A707 go straight ahead on a small lane which curves right to reach a small car park in about 600 metres.

Finish: Long Philip Burn car park (grid reference 455288, Landranger sheet 73). Head west out of Selkirk, following signs for A706 to St Mary's Loch and Moffat. Cross the Ettrick Water and take the second left. At the junction with A707 go straight ahead on a small lane which curves right to reach a small car park in about 600 metres.

Nearest Town: Selkirk



• Distance: 3 miles


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Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Good paths and tracks. Can be muddy at times - boots or strong shoes are recommended.
• Toilets: In Selkirk

• Refreshments: None en route. Wide choice in Selkirk.

Route Description
From the car park, set off uphill, following the clear track beside the Long Philip Burn. The track climbs through an attractive mix of woods and farmland on the large Philiphaugh Estate. At a main fork, keep right and eventually about 1.5km after setting off, reach the edge of the woodland with the open hill ahead. If you keep going uphill, you would reach the Three Brethren (walk 31), but this walk takes you left, across a small burn and over a stile to walk round the edge of a water storage area and then along the field boundary, climbing steadily.

At the far end of the field, a sign points you right, to cross the fence to the grave of Tibbie Tamson. Locally regarded as a witch, she must have been held in some affection for her grave to be so carefully preserved after 200 years. Re-cross the fence and turn right over the stile into the woods.

Follow the footpath signs through the wood, across a track and then left and right with the path to enter a field. Walk down the field edge, go through a gate and continue. Turn right, still along the field, to reach a large stile over the dyke back into the woods.

Join a track and follow it downhill, keeping in the woodland. There are good views across the valley of the Ettrick Water at several points. At a major cross-track, keep straight ahead, with a house on your left and continue down the firm-surfaced track to reach the lane. Turn left to return to the car park. The Battle of Philiphaugh was fought in 1645 between Montrose's forces and the army of Sir Philip Leslie on the fields where the rugby club now stands