bike ride via eskdalemuir
The Moffat and Eskdalemuir loop is one of my favourite cycle rides. It's 102 km with 1800 metres of climbing so pretty hard work on the legs, but the roads are quiet and the scenery you pass by is sublime.
This is a jointly run observatory and laboratory used by the British Geological survey for earthquake and nuclear testing monitoring, and the Met Office for weather and climate data collection. Its remote location was chosen so as to be immune from the vibrations of day-to-day human activity.
I love the dappled light from the deciduous trees in this part of the ride. The left hand turn here takes you several miles up the Ettrick Glen at the end of which is a popular bothy on the Southern Upland Way.