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Full Report: Scottish poet heads to the hills

Those of us who fancy heading somewhere beautiful and remote for a few weeks will probably be fairly envious of Scottish poet Rab Wilson.

He is the first ever James Hogg Creative Resident and is spending the next few weeks living and writing like the famous writer, who was known as the Ettrick Shepherd.

It is not just about writing though, it is about developing parts of the Borders where the population is declining fast.

Less than 1000 people live in the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys and the area needs help, as Hannah McNulty has been finding out.

Watch her full report below.


Scottish poet heads to the hills in the footsteps of James Hogg

Scottish poet Rab Wilson is heading out to the remote Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys to become the first ever James Hogg Creative Resident, living and writing like the famous poet himself.

James Hogg was known as the Ettrick Shepherd and lived and worked out in the remote Borders.

The project is not just about poetry though as it is part of a bigger drive to encourage visitors and residents alike to visit the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys - which have less than 1000 people in total living there.

With the population declining, the area is in need of some help - which it hopes can be provided by making people more aware of the natural beauty of the remote countryside in the valleys.

Other schemes that are hoping to help this growth are:

  • Plans for hydro electric power in the area
  • Improve road link from Potburn to the A708
  • Building routes for St Mary's Loch Circular Walk
  • Cycle routes a Bowhill Off Road and Minchmoor to Yarrowford
  • Better signage for tourist attractions

'Great day for the family'- Yarrow and Ettrick show

The Yarrow and Ettrick show secretary Anne Turnbull is hoping for lots of people and sunshine on show day.

"Yarrow Show tomorrow is the biggest blackfaced sheep show in the South of Scotland and this year we also have excellent entries in the all of the other sheep sections :- Cheviots; Park Sheep; and North Country Cheviots. It is a very pleasant day out for all the family. We will have Pipe Bands & Silver Bands playing; Childen's Races; and the hugely hilarious terrier racing.

I think we are going to be lucky with the weather. So many events have been cancelled this year so hopefully we will have lots of people through the gate."

– Anne Turnbull, Yarrow and Ettrick Show Secretary

Yarrick and Ettrick annual show given the green light

The 92nd Yarrow and Ettrick annual show will go ahead tomorrow, after the showyard committee gave the thumbs-up following a field inspection.

Show organisers are urging people to ignore the "road closed" sign on the A708, as the sign applies to forestry work in Moffat.

The show will feature horse and sheep competitions, pet and dog shows, children's races and performances from Melrose Pipe and Selkirk Silver bands.

The event takes place at Philliphaugh, near Selkirk, with gates opening at 8.30am.