The Devil’s Beef Tub is a deep, hollow in the hills north of the Scottish town of Moffat. Forming the 500-foot deep hollow are four hills, Great Hill, Peat Knowe, Annanhead Hill, and Ericstane Hill. The name is derived from its use by Border Rievers to hide stolen cattle (beef) and the chief users of the hollow - the Johnstone clan whose enemies referred to as “devils”.
In his novel, Redgauntlet, author Sir Walter Scott said, “It looks as if four hills were laying their heads together, to shut out daylight from the dark hollow space between them. A d----d deep, black, blackguard-looking abyss of a hole it is.”