The Two Breweries was established in 1983, making it one of the oldest hill races in Scotland. The race is held on the 4th Saturday in September, starting on the lawn in front of the courtyard gates at Traquair House at 12 noon and finishing in front of Broughton Ales brewery.

The record (2:33:57) was set by John Taylor in 1991. John was an international athlete who died in 2002, aged 33, from a heart condition known as cardiomyopathy. The John Taylor Foundation was created to raise awareness of this condition, and to assist young athletes. The women's record (2:53:56) was set by Angela Mudge in 2000. Results from previous years can be found on www.scottishhillracing.co.uk.

You can find photos of previous races on Flickr.

The route

The race is around 30km / 18 miles, and includes some 1500m / 4900ft of ascent. The terrain predominantly follows hill tracks, but includes sections of open heather with some short sections along country roads.

This race is an arduous event which should not be undertaken by runners who are unfit or are inexperienced in the hills. Full emergency kit comprising wind and waterproof full body cover, a map of the entire race route, orienteering-type compass, whistle and food equivalent to a chocolate bar must be carried by all runners. Runners must be at least 18 years old.

There are eight marshalled checkpoints. Water is available at Glenrath Farm and Stobo Home Farm. These checkpoints are also retiral points. Hill rescue cover is provided by Moffat Mountain Rescue.

OS grid referenceClosing time
Birkscairn Hill73/2753321315
Hundleshope 73/2503391350
Stob Law 73/2303331425
Glenrath Farm 73/2073421440
Whitelaw Hill 72/1933541505
Stobo Home Farm72/1793701530
Trahenna Hill 72/1363741630
Ratchill Farm 72/1193641650

This fly-over of the route will give you an idea of what to expect.


Pre-enter on-line at Entry Central.

A bus leaves Broughton for Traquhair at 10am, with race registration at Traquhair. There is a strict kit-check before the race.

Prize giving is held at Broughton Village Hall, where runners and supporters can enjoy hot soup, cake and perhaps even a well-earned beer!



We are delighted to be supported by Traquair House and Broughton Ales, both of whose fine products regularly appear as prizes. The race would not be possible without the kind permission of the local landowners.

We are also delighted to be associated with Tweedgreen, a voluntary organisation of local people working towards a self-sustaining Tweeddale by promoting local food, encouraging local energy generation, and reducing energy use and waste.

Locals taking part will appreciate the beauty and interests of the Scottish Borders. Those coming from further afield may be interested in what the Borders has to offer. Why not treat the family to a weekend away! Local accommodation and information about the area can be found at the following tourism sites:


Please don't hesitate to contact the race organiser (John Hamer) if you have any questions about the race.

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