view across st marys loch

A hidden gem in the Scottish Borders is St Mary’s loch which is the largest natural loch in the region and is situated between Selkirk and Moffat in the valley of the Yarrow Water.

Local legend had it that the loch has no bottom and is reputed to be the coldest loch in Scotland. The old Tibbie Shiels Inn (sadly now closed but camping is still available ) is located at the loch shore and is a good starting point for walking some of the Southern Upland Way with many good views over the loch and hills beyond.

There is also a wonderful statue to local poet James Hogg. As a young man Hogg worked as a shepherd becoming interested in literature in his early twenties. He continued to publish regularly while maintaining a contentious relationship with the Edinburgh literati, including his friend and some-time mentor, Walter Scott.

The views around the loch are breath-taking and with some fantastic weather there is no better place to stop, have a spot of lunch on the banks of the loch and listen to the sound of the buzzards overhead.

boats on the loch

So, whether you’re looking for a weekend break, week-long holiday or something in-between, The Scottish Borders has something for every kind of visitor.


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Counting sheep Campers have wide a range of campervans and motorhomes to hire in Scotland and are conveniently located at the gateway to Scotland. Just a short drive from Edinburgh or Newcastle. If you wish to leave your car with us, no problem we offer free on site secure parking.  We also offer an Airport or Train Meet & Greet service, if you wish to travel to us by public transport. It is a great location to start your holiday.

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