GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

St Mary's Loch

6 miles (9.5 km)

This walk visits St Mary's Loch near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. It's a beautiful place for a walk with fine views across the clear waters to the surrounding hills. The site is also notable as the largest naturallochin theScottish Borders.
You can park at the car park at the southern end of the loch. Near here you can pick up the Southern Upland Way and follow the waymarked footpath north along the eastern side of the water. On the way you will pass a large area of forest and Bowerhope Law hill. To the south there's also the Loch of the Lowes to explore.

Postcode

TD7 5LH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

St Mary's Loch OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

St Mary's Loch Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Glen Cafe is located at the southern end of the water near the car park. They serve a good range of meals and snacks with some delicious cakes to try as well. The Tibbie Shiel's Inn, was an 18th-centurycoaching inn which is now privately owned.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west you'll find Megget Reservoir where there's another fine waterside path and viewpoint. Talla Reservoir and Camps Reservoir are a little further on to the west from here.
To the south west there's Daer Reservoir which is also located on the Southern Upland Way long distance trail.
Head north to Peebles and you can pick up the Tweed Valley Railway Path and enjoy a walk or cycle along this multi user path.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

St Mary's Loch - geograph.org.uk - 1152525

St Mary's Loch. This loch at 3 miles long and a maximum depth of 46m is the largest natural loch in the Scottish Borders. The loch takes its name from a church dedicated to St Mary which once stood on its northern shore, although only the burial ground is now visible.

Wooden sculpture - geograph.org.uk - 1568115

Wooden sculpture

Delta of the Megget Water - geograph.org.uk - 1542746

Delta of the Megget Water. The loch is fed by theMegget Water, which flows in from theMegget Reservoir to the west.

Southern Upland Way by St Mary's Loch - geograph.org.uk - 845603

Southern Upland Way trail view

March Wood reflected in St Mary's Loch - geograph.org.uk - 689837

March Wood reflected in St Mary's Loch Viewed across the loch from the A708 during tranquil conditions on a beautiful February morning. The grass in the shade of the trees is still frosted.

Bowerhope, St Mary's Loch - geograph.org.uk - 282498

Bowerhope. A staging post for the Southern Upland Way.

St Mary's and The Loch of the Lowes - geograph.org.uk - 744042

St Mary's and The Loch of the Lowes

A sheepfold by St Mary's Loch - geograph.org.uk - 1491447

This sheepfold is on the lower western slopes of Nether Hill with St Mary's Loch beyond. The loch at 3 miles long and with a maximum depth of 46m is the largest natural loch in the Scottish Borders.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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