This route follows the Southern Upland Way to the Three Brethren above Yair. These huge 9 foot high stone cairns were erected at the start of the 16th century by the lairds of Yair, Selkirk and Philiphaugh to mark the boundary of their land. This is a challenging route for experienced self-sufficient bikers with a true back-country feel to it. It’s wild and exposed and affords some stunning 360 views at the summit of Brown Knowe.
We like… Spectacular views as you traverse the hills to the impressive Three Brethren Cairns. Starting at Walkerburn you gaining height steadily on the forest road at the start and then traverse the hills in a stunning landscape.
Watch out for… The ride rises to open exposed country be prepared. There is no opportunity to get food or water on route. Please give walkers priority and smile!
- Distance: 29km
- Elevation gain: 786m
- Fitness rating: 4/5
- Technical rating: Red
- Terrain: Twin Track, Singletrack. Drove Road which can be soft/muddy in winter. Minor roads.