The area surrounding the Whiteadder valley is a beautiful landscape which has inspired people for hundreds of years. The Whiteadder: Heart of the Lammermuirs project sought out a diverse range of artists who were keen to interpret the landscape in their own way.


An aerial panoramic view looking to the north over the reservoir.
The Whiteadder Reservoir, September 2019

The artists were encouraged to take their inspiration from the archaeology, historic songs, stories, ballads and rhymes, social history, architecture, as well as the area’s river and landscape. Some attended archaeological digs and site visits to inspire or focus their ideas.

Most of the artists chose to draw inspiration from nature and focus on stories with historical significance, thus creating a strong bond between people, landscape and the past. Responses range from musicdrawing and contemporary art, to songpoetry and architecture. Some have been completed, are work-in-progress or are more ambitious proposals which would require funding, outwith the scope of this project. We hope that this project acts as a springboard and attracts support and funding for some of these fantastic ideas to be realised.

Here is a list of the Creative Arts proposals put forward so far:


A black ink sketch of Hutton Castle with the river below.

Architecture Sketchbook

A series of architectural sketches from around the project area, by Brian Edwards.

Looking south on a sunny day, over the Bothwell Water valley.

Ballad of the Whiteadder

An instrumental piece inspired by the landscape of the area high up around the Whiteadder reservoir, by Kenny Tait.

Barnstorm performing a live set.


Barnstorm’s song ‘Our Scotland’ taking inspiration from the Lammermuirs.

Reconstructions showing the hats worn by the bondagers.


Sculptural installations inspired by female agricultural workers, by Fiona McLachlan-Powell.

The timber and corrugated metal clad both at Inshriach near Aviemore.

Bothy Project

Proposal for a bothy project located between the Southern Upland way and the Herring Road, by the landscape architect duo Sutherlandii.

Looking north along the Whiteadder river, just below the reservoir.

Crossing Lammermuir

A poem by Kate Campbell.

A wicker basket of foraged herbs and plants.

Foraging Routes

A proposal for foraging routes near the riverside, by the landscape architect duo Sutherlandii.

The Whiteadder reservoir with white shapes of buildings floating on the surface.

Ghosts on the Reservoir

An art proposal to create floating sculptures on the reservoir which reflect buildings hidden under the water, by Ettie Spencer.

Outline of a heart shape marked on the hillside.


A poem by Kate Campbell.

Lammermuir hillside covered in purple heather.


A poem by Kate Campbell.

Clive and Louisa playing and recording a singing bowl with a bow at Edin's Hall Broch.

OOR Scintilla

Sound art pieces created from resources recorded around the river valley area, by OOR Scintilla.

Apples in the orchard near Elba footbridge.


A proposal for an orchard planting scheme in the form of earthworks, by the landscape architect duo Sutherlandii.

A pattern of blue ink lines, drawn over geographical features from a map.

Spirit of Place

A series of line drawings interpreting landscape and  archeological features.

Lammermuir hills covered in snow.

The Rig Weeps

A poem by Kate Campbell.

Simple sketch of the sheep stell proposal.

Two Stells

A proposal for two sheep stells near the Herring Road, by Fiona McLachlan-Powell.

Looking along the Whiteadder river, just south of the reservoir.


A poem by Kate Campbell.