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Talla Reservoir

As you descend into the valley which contains the Reservoir the views are  quite breathtaking and  are rightfully considered some  of the best views anywhere in Scotland.The Reservoir, located a mile from Tweedsmuir, is an earth-work dam fed by the Talla Water and was opened in 1899. In the late 19th century engineers surveying for the Edinburgh and District Water Trust (EDWT) identified the area around the loch at Talla in the hills  in the Scottish Borders as an ideal site for a new reservoir to supply the increasing water demands of the expanding city of Edinburgh, 28 miles to the north.

Talla Reservoir In total, over 100,000 tons of material were transported for the building of the reservoir, and at least 30 of the workmen (who were mostly Irish) died during construction and are buried at the nearby Tweedsmuir churchyard. Construction work was virtually complete by late 1904 and the Talla Water was diverted into the bed of the reservoir in May 1905. Today the drive along the side of the man made loch is quite stunning and highlights the real diversity of Southern Scotland.


You managed to pack so much into the day (without it feeling crammed or us rushed) and nothing was a problem for you.  What value for money,  I'd certainly recommend you to anyone and even consider another trip because there's so much to see in this beautiful region. Thank you both for some wonderful memories.

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📹 St Mary's Loch, Talla & Megget Reservoirs by Marcin Kowalewczany

🏞️ St Mary's Loch is the largest natural loch in the Scottish Borders, and is situated on the A708 road between Selkirk and Moffat, about 45 miles south of Edinburgh.

It is 3.1 miles long and 0.62 miles wide, and was created by glacial action during the last ice age.

🌊 The loch is fed by the Megget Water, which flows in from the Megget Reservoir, and is the source of the Yarrow Water, which flows east from the loch to merge with the Ettrick Water above Selkirk.

⛪ 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 ✝️

📚 Local legend has it that the loch has no bottom, and it is reputed to be the coldest loch in Scotland ❄️

Immediately upstream from St Mary's Loch is the smaller Loch of the Lowes.

Between the two is Tibbie Shiel's Inn, an 18th-century coaching inn, which was frequented by the Border poet James Hogg (1770–1835) ✍🏻

👤 A statue of Hogg is located close to the inn.

🚶The Southern Upland Way and Sir Walter Scott Way long-distance walking routes both pass the shores of the loch 🗺️

Talla Reservoir, located a mile from Tweedsmuir, Scottish Borders, Scotland, is an earth-work dam fed by Talla Water. The reservoir is supplemented by water from the nearby Fruid Reservoir.

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