Ancient history, ancient woodland – and some of the best views in the Tweed valley


Stretch your legs at Yair

A quiet forest of mature trees, with some of the best views in the area across the Tweed Valley. It’s a popular starting point for the climb to the Three Bretheren, an impressive hilltop that is home to three stone cairns. A well-loved local landmark, they were built in the 1500s by the lairds of Yair, Selkirk and Philiphaugh to mark the point where their properties met.

Climb to the Three Bretheren

If you’d like to enjoy the superb view from the top, follow signs through the forest for the Southern Upland Way. It’s about 9 miles (14.4 km) to the bretheren and back, with some stiff climbing along the way. Check our advice about hill walking before you set off, and allow at least 5 hours for the trip.

Take a look at our Tweed Valley Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 3.8MB) which will help you explore.

How to get here

The car park is next to the A707, about 2 ½ miles north of Selkirk, at grid reference NT 458 324.

Using SatNav?

TD1 3PW is the nearest postcode.

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All the essentials nearby

The nearest public toilets are in Selkirk or Galashiels. You’ll find plenty of places to eat along the Tweed valley.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Contact: Dumfries and Borders Forest District

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900


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