The Devil’s Beef Tub in the Scottish border region
The Devil’s Beef Tub is a dramatic landmark seen from the A701, the main road heading north from Moffat in the Dumfries and Galloway area of the Scottish Borders.The valley is a dramatic hollow in the Southern Upland hills, formed in between four surrounding hills – Great Hill, Peat Knowe, Annanhead Hill, and Ericstane Hill . It was used by the notorious Border Reivers (known as ‘devils’) in the past to hide their stolen cattle. In the days before the road existed, it was an effective spot to keep the stolen animals away from prying eyes, but the A701 now gives this dramatic view straight into the Devil’s Beef Tub itself.
The scale of the photo can be appreciated once you spot the wee white sheep in the picture!
The Borders Forest Trust took ownership of Corehead, which includes the Devil’s Beef Tub, in 2009. They plan to restore native woodlands in appropriate areas. The area is popular with walkers and ramblers. A number of websites have details of walks that include the devil’s Beef Tub.
I love Glencoe on days like this – looking at its atmospheric best with clouds swirling around the tops.
I took this photo looking westwards down Glencoe, towards the foot of the glen.