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Report on Broadmeadows Weekend
5 November 2010

This weekend's Craggy's were -
Michael N

We booked out Broadmeadows Youth Hostel for the weekend which is a few miles outside Selkirk. This was in an area we had never stayed in before and the Youth Hostel was in a rather remote location. This was the first Youth Hostel in Scotland which opened in 1931 and had recently been renovated. As this was going to be one of our first pub free weekends, we had to be organised when it came to planning our meals etc. We ended up having a banquet of food each night thanks to Mark for pasta bolognaise, Michael for stovies, Alan for chicken curry, Alison for apple pies, Maureen for chocolate torte and myself for Tirimisu (one of Dorothy's recipes).

By the time we arrived about 5:30pm on the Friday night the rain was bouncing down. The track to the Youth Hostel was rather daunting in the dark. Harry the caretaker was there to meet us and very helpful. Eveyone had arrived by 9pm and we quickly settled into the hostel.

On the Saturday the sun was shining so we decided to head up along an obvious track from the hostel to the Three Brethren which is on the Southern Upland Way. These were three 10ft cairns which were built in the 1500s by the lairds of Yair, Selkirk and Philiphaugh to mark the boundary of their land. We headed along a well trod path west until we reached the Minchmoor Road which was a track which skirted along the side of Brown Knowe. On the decent back to the hamlet of Yarrowford, the rain came on and soon it was chucking it down again. The excitement of the day was when Alison got a phone call to say Jacqui and Brian were getting married in Kenya in 2 weeks time and before she knew it she was going too.

As this wasn't a long day out Mark, Kathryn, Hans and I decided to extend the walk but the others were happy to head back to the Hostel to dry off. We followed a single track road past Newark Castle and the ruins of the birthplace of Mungo Park who was an African explorer in the 1700s.

The following day Robin, Mark, Kevin, Alison and I decided to head up the Grey Mare's Tail which is the highest waterfall in Scotland and worth a visit.

The highlight of our weekend was Kevin playing a charade type game which was hilarious. The more alcohol that was consumed the funnier it became. Anyway this was a brilliant weekend in a hostel that was perfect for our club.

Irene Cahill

Three Brethren
On the Southern Upland Way
Michael and Robin
Broadmeadows Youth Hostel
Borders countryside
St Mary's Loch
Path up to the Grey Mare's Tail
Heading to the Grey Mare's Tail
Grey Mare's Tail
Loch Skeen
What are they up to?
Kevin the chef
Newark Tower

Photos: Irene Cahill and Mark Kinnon

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Scottish Youth Hostels Association

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