|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||11.8 miles (19 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The C8 is one of the finest roads in the south of Scotland. It starts at Twwedsmuir on the A701 and heads south east to cross the River Tweed and follow the Talla Water the short distance to the dam. Here, it turns sharp left and climbs diagonally up the grassy dam, before turning sharp right to follow the eastern shore of the reservoir. At the southern end, the road takes a sharp bend and climbs steeply up to the old county boundary above Meggethead. There is then a long and scenic descent, following the Megget Water down to Cappercleuch on the A708. Much of this section of the road was built new when the Megget Dam was built, creating another reservoir and submerging a few properties. Cappercluech is a tiny settlement on the shores of the beautiful St Marys Loch, and is well known as being home to a preserved AA box.