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The Minto Hills
The Minto Hills

The Minto Hills

Rating out of 5: 3

Source: The Scottish Borders – 40 favourite walks by Robbie Porteous


Very muddy in places and following the street for quite a bit as well as having to take quite a long way on the street from the nearest bus stop made me rate this route with only 3 out of 5 stars.

In general it was a lovely view which was perfect for the winter time, with just very little daylight and cold weather, the path was perfect to enjoy a view over the Scottish Borders while being home before it gets dark (I did the walk around noon so it was getting dark on the last bit but that was due to other aspects, it definitely can be done on short days when you start around 9 or 10).

Leading out of Minto on the street before heading off into the fields, paying a visit to the horses before reaching a clear track, which can be very muddy, the way is quite easy till here… afterwards however, it got quite tricky with us being unsure if we choose the right way… on the saddle between the two Minto hills we didn’t exactly know where to go so we just headed up straight up… a very steep path that was, if you’d call it a path.

From the top of the hill down it was a lovely and calm long stretch before reaching the old railway line which we followed straight onward for quite a bit before reaching the last and longest section running on the street.

Don’t get me wrong… the route is a nice one but as you might realise I do not like bits on the street, especially if they are very long. In the end it was kind of okay to walk on the street since there is generally not that much traffic on those rural roads.

A solid 3 out of 5… if there would be a version without the road walking it might have gotten 4 to 5 stars.

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