Monthly Archives: February 2017

THE THREE BRETHREN: AN INSPIRATIONAL WALK IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

The Three Brethren

If you are looking for motivation, this inspiring walk in the Scottish Borders might just be the thing. On a relatively low hill outside Selkirk, the Three Brethren stand tall against the skyline. Three 10 foot cairns stand on the top of a hill, and give outstanding views of the surrounding countryside. These carefully and beautifully built cairns tower over the standard trig point that stands next to them.

The Three Brethren mark the intersection of three borders estates. The Buccleuch Estate, Yair Estate and Selkirk Burgh meet at this point. I wanted to take a walk up and see for myself this impressive landmark in the Scottish Borders.

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 Our Route

We started our walk near the bottom of Craig Hill. Yair Hill Forest covers the entire area and we spent most of the walk on forest tracks and roads. The land is managed by The Forestry Commission and the roads are suitable for most vehicles and would make a pleasant trip for a mountain bike. I have have tried to show on the diagram below the sort of path we took.

The path meandered its way up gently through the forest and what struck me was the dazzling array of colour. Even in the middle of winter, the colour was just exquisite. There was fauna at various stages of growth just made from brand new shoots to dead and decaying wood. This made for a wonderful display of nature’s colour.

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Once we got to the top of the forest, the path joined a moor and from there it was only a short walk to the top and to the site of the Three Brethren. The last few hundred meters joined the path of the Southern Upland Way. This is a path that runs right across Scotland from East to West. This was a very well defined path which we could see stretching far into the distance.

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An Iconic Walk

Once you get near the Three Brethren, they are not difficult to spot. The three cairns stand loud and proud and are an impressive site. It was extremely windy the day we were there so just time for a couple of photographs and off the top again.

This is an iconic walk in the Scottish Borders but like most things, there is more than one way to approach the top. You will notice from the diagram I made that we went up and back down the same way. From the same starting point there is a well marked out loop you can do. It takes in the Three Brethren and is all on forestry tracks and is about 9 miles long. Another popular route is starting at Yarrowford near Selkirk.

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Just Do It

Whatever route you decide to take, I really recommend this walk. With fantastic views over the rolling Borders hills and a feast of colour any time of the year, you will enjoy it. I find a walk like this just lifts my spirits and feeds my senses and does me the world of good. It have really put me in the mood for the outdoors again and I’m looking forward to the better weather and longer days.

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READ A LITTLE OF MY STORY I SET OUT IN ANOTHER GUEST BLOG

I was asked to write a guest post on another blog called Mummy Tries and I am very grateful.   Renee is an inspirational mother, a home educator and a published author. Mummy Tries is an inspiring lifestyle blog to do with all things parenting. As well as writing about parenting, Renee covers Autism, Mental Health and Authentic Living. She has written a book called Become the Best You, which is an inspiration source to us all. http://www.mummytries.com/become-the-best-you/

Renee kindly let me write a little about my story, what inspires me, and what brought my blog into being. So, follow the link below and see for yourself and please come back to my blog and leave a comment below.  Thanks

Be Inspired: Introducing David Reilly

 

NUFFIELD HEALTH AND THE AFFECT BEING A MEMBER IS HAVING ON MY FITNESS AND WELLBEING

Sports and fitness are so important to an individual’s health and happiness. I have reviewed my fitness routine recently and discovered how inspired and motivated I suddenly am. Nothing seems to inspire and motivate me as much as sports and exercise to support living a healthy lifestyle. I thought I would write and share a little of it in order to inspire and motive others.

 

 

 

MachineI have been attending Nuffield Health Club for the last two months now and, although its still early days, I wanted to write a post to say how I am doing. I have been attending an average of three times a week and using the gym and the swimming pool. I usually spend an hour in the gym participating in a general body programme.

Here is the Program I follow:

  • 30 minutes interval training on the bike
  • Stretches on the floor
  • Biceps curls (3sets of 12)
  • Pull down (3 sets of 12)
  • Bar curls (not sure of that’s the right name, but they really hurt!)
  • Free weights / free choice
  • Leg press
  • 2000m rowing machine

RunningAfter I have done a workout in the gym, I go downstairs to the swimming pool. I’ve never been a good swimmer despite having regular swimming lessons at school. I can just about manage a few lengths of breast stroke but that’s about all. None the less, it must do me some good and after a workout in the gym it is a good way to wind down and relax. Best of all is the sauna and steam-room. There is nothing nicer than after a hard workout in the gym relaxing your muscles in the heat of the steam room and sauna.
I am feeling tremendous already after having attended Nuffield Health and Fitness club for just a couple of months.

A few of the benefits I am noticing arerzio9wkn_400x400

  • Having more energy
  • Better concentration
  • Sleeping better
  • Feeling healthier
  • Feeling increased motivation

So far, I am just amazed at the evident benefits of being a member of a health club and I am very grateful indeed to Nuffield Health for their ongoing support. I am looking forward to continuing my training regime over the next few months and seeing the progress. I would recommend and encourage anybody to sign up with Nuffield Health Clubs and experience all of the benefits. I look forward to writing more in my Blog in the future about just how much progress I am making and about how good I feel.