Find space to breathe at Craigieburn
The countryside around Moffat, famous for its toffee and wool shops, is some of the most beautiful but least explored in Scotland. Craigieburn Forest, spreading up the valley side from the Moffat Water, offers great views of the rolling hills – if you don’t mind a bit of a climb. Our guide map of forests in the Southern Uplands shows them all of the wonderful trails in the area.
You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat in Moffat.
A wonderfully varied walk up to a great viewpoint over Moffat Dale and the dramatic hills of the Southern Uplands.
Mostly wide but loose gravel tracks. Some narrow and uneven earth sections, including areas that may be muddy or wet. Long slopes with some steep sections.
2 ¾ miles / 4.5 km Allow 1½ hours
The steep climb is well worth the effort for the views up the valley of the Moffat Water. When there’s a mixture of sunshine and cloud in the valley, the light can be mysteriously magical.
Mountain biking trails
How to get here
From Moffat, take the A708 towards Selkirk. The car park is signposted on the left after about 2 ½ miles, at grid reference NT 124 059.
DG10 9LF is the nearest postcode.
At Bessie’s Hill and Castle O’er you can explore ancient hill forts that once guarded the rolling hills forming the natural boundary between Scotland and England. You’ll find peaceful riverside walks and world-class mountain biking at the Forest of Ae, near Dumfries.
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