Stone, Meggethead, Megget.
The Megget Stone can be see immediately north of the cattle grid
on the narrow road between Megget and Talla Reservoirs. Its
location on the watershed and present boundary between
Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire would suggest it to be a boundary
marker. The stone is a slab of local greywacke and reaches only
0.84m high, possibly broken in the past.
From the A708 Selkirk to Moffat road, turn onto a minor road at
Cappercleuch heading for Tweedsmuir. The stone is at the highest
point reached before dropping downhill to Talla Reservoir.
From the A701 Penicuik to Moffat road, turn onto
a minor road at Tweedsmuir village. Continue along this road,
pass Talla Reservoir and climb the very steep hill up Talla
Linn. The stone is at the highest point reached before dropping
downhill to Megget Reservoir.
There is space for a single vehicle at the cattle grid and there
is also a small parking area further along the road in the
direction of Talla Reservoir.
No specific folklore or other traditions have been found
associated with this stone but it is likely that the spot
would have been used as a meeting place or tryst, as are
similar places throughout the Scottish Borders.
If you head for the Megget Stone expecting an impressive
megalith, you will be disappointed for the stone is dressed and
rather plain. However, what makes this place worth visiting is
the scenery. Beautiful and clear in summer, spectacularly barren
and bleak in winter. Make sure you stop at the small bridge over
the Talla Water before you drop down to Talla Reservoir, the
view is not to be missed.