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Borders Abbeys Way

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Homepage > Scotland > Borders Abbeys Way
  • Duration: 6 or 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: April to September
  • Location: Melrose
Tour Details

The Borders Abbeys Way is a wonderful 68 miles circular route that links four great ruined Abbeys from the 12th century. These are Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh.

Border Abbey Way is a perfect walking holiday in Scotland for those looking for a walking holiday exploring the less trodden paths of the Scottish Borders. You will follow the route forest paths, and wooded riverbanks to take you through open countryside and farmland.

The Borders Abbeys Way has many highlights some of which include Jedburgh’s vast abbey church, the detailed Melrose Abbey with is sculptures, and the outstanding beauty that is the Borders countryside. The Scottish Borders is one of the least populated regions in the UK.

Our route starts in Melrose due to it being easy to reach by train. You then set off towards St Boswells and Kelso, where you could visit the impressive Floors Castle. Then its time to walk through the Scottish countryside to Jedburgh, where you must visit the Medieval Abbey. Following the riverbanks of the Teviot you will then reach Hawick. This is the largest of the towns in the Scottish Borders. Continuing on the route you will head through woodland and old tracks to Selkirk. It is then back to Melrose before your walking holiday finishes.

Included in our Borders Abbeys Way Walking Holiday is your luggage transfers, accommodation and route notes, which means you can enjoy your walking holiday in the beautiful Scottish countryside.

Starting Location


Price Includes

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3/4 star graded hotels, guest houses and country inns
  • Information Pack
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • Lunchs, Dinner and Snacks
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Info

6 Night Version

Please Note: Our 6-night option walks from Melrose straight to Kelso instead of stopping in St Boswells. This is a long day walk so should only be taken if you think you are capable of walking the distance. At peak times we may book 2 nights in one location (due to accommodation availability) and you would do the days walk and catch the public bus back to the accommodation, next day take the public bus back to the start of the days walk.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to Melrose

Arrive to Melrose easily reached by train from Edinburgh

Day 2Melrose to St Boswells (6 night trip straight to Kelso – 17.9 miles 28.6km up 296m) , 5.7m/9 km up 130m

Today is a shortened day which means you have longer to take in the sights and see Dryburgh Abbey. If you are doing the 6-night tour then today you will walk close to 18miles straight to Kelso. The first section of today takes the St Cuthberts Way trail.

Day 3St Boswells to Kelso: 15miles 24km up 213 m

The Borders Abbeys Way continues along the River Tweed, the route today is relatively flat. It uses paths, tracks and country lanes. You will stay overnight in Kelso.

Day 4Kelso to Jedburgh 13.3 miles 21.8km up 407m

A lovely walk today to the historic town of Jedburgh which is fairly flat and easy as it follows the River Teviot most of the way to Jedburgh. There is one short climb along the Roman Road of Dere Street which then descends into Jedburgh.  The sight of the majestic abbey ruins is a welcome sight. If time allows you can visit the medieval Jedburgh Abbey which overlooks the Jed Water.

Day 5Jedburgh to Hawick 13.3 miles 21.3km up 432m

Today’s days walk begins with a steep climb out of the town centre (Jedburgh) which leads into open countryside and farmland. The highest point on the walk today is Black Law which is around 300m. From Black Law the route descents into the village Denholm and follows the River Teviot to Hawick.

Day 6 Hawick to Selkirk: 12.5 miles 20km up 451m

Today’s walk beings with a steady climb up Drinkstone Hill and into the countryside. You then continue on into the valley of Ale Water which is near the village of Askirk. You will then follow the Old Thief Road to Wollrig before another climb into Hartwoodmyres Forest. Afterwards, you will then descend into the Ancient and Royal Burgh of Selkirk.

Day 7Selkirk to Melrose 10.7 miles 17.1km

You will leave Selkirk by Selkirk Hill which is a haven for wildlife and flowers. The path gradually rises through the farmlands to Cauldshields Loch where you will witness the fantastic views over the Eildon Hills. You will then descend by the River Tweed by Abbotsford House, where Sir Walter Scot lived in the 1800s. You will then follow the river into Melrose.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

You can reach Melrose from Edinburgh and then taking the train to Melrose.

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