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Minch Moor circuit from Traquair
Minch Moor circuit from Traquair

Minch Moor circuit from Traquair

Rating out of 5: 5

Source: Walkhighlands and Robbie Porteous – The Scottish Borders 40 favourite walks (not a round route here)


The round route up Minch Moor is a really nice one, offering great views for most of the way it leads you through changing vegetation. From views over the surrounding hills to walking through a mystical seeming forest there is everything included. With the ascent being graduate once you get started on walking up towards Minch Moor and throughout the whole route, you don’t get many difficulties or the route being too exhausting.

By having the version of heading up Minch Moor and back down again, as well you can easily shorten the route a bit and if you are not too keen on following smaller paths sometimes asking for navigation via a map then you should definitely choose the short route up and down, I will say though, you will miss out on some of the best views that way!

All in all a very agreeable walk that is easy to follow and with the right weather offers amazing views as far as the Eildon Hills at Melrose, not just on the top but also on what on Walkhighlands is described as the way down (I turned the route around and took that way up). This route definitely deserves the 5 out of 5, and I have to say that even if you don’t have a car but travel by bus, don’t worry about it, just take the day, take the bus to Innerleithen, enjoy a nice stroll to Traquair House – A scottish World, explore that and then walk on to Traquair from where the route starts. All of which is easily done and not to exhausting (I should know since that was my first walk in weeks due to liver problems a couple of weeks earlier).

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