Loch of the Lowes and Riskinhope

“Oft had he viewed, as morning rose, the bosom of the lonely Lowes”.  So began the Borders poet James Hogg when writing of the Loch of the Lowes in his poem The Queen’s Wake.  The busy road passing by may have rendered it significantly less lonely than in Hogg’s day, but a short walk into the Ettrick hills provides an opportunity to capture the sense of solitude of a bygone age.

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