Easy Walking Routes Through Scotland’s Borders Abbeys Way

Long distance walking in the Scottish Borders country with The Borders Abbeys Way. The route links the impressive abbeys of the area, through some of the most beautiful walking in Scotland, all at a relaxing pace. The trails winds through a landscape of rounded hills, blanketed in heather – a landscape beloved of Sir Walter Scott and rich in history and folklore.

Highlights
  • A walk that encompasses the captivating ruins of the Borders Abbeys
  • Walk through peaceful countryside, linked by the cobble street, Georgian towns you stay in each night
  • The walk incorporates the volatile history of the Scottish Borders with historical features related to William Wallace
  • Catch sight of the grand Victorian viaduct running over the river Tweed
  • Visit Sir Walters Scott's fascinating home - the newly opened Abbotsford Castle
  • Abundance of wildlife in the quiet countryside moorland
  • 7 nights
  • 68 mls (view km)
  • Jedburgh, Scottish Borders
  • Easy
  • Feb to Oct
  • £525

Walking the Borders Abbeys Way

The Border Abbeys Way walk links historically significant 12th Century abbeys placed at Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso. The abbeys have held host to a long history of travellers throughout the ages.

On quieter paths, you can trace the medieval routes of monks between the four Borders Abbeys. The route goes through farmland, forest and across high moorland with fantastic panoramic views over the surrounding hills.

Take the ascent along old drovers' roads as well as the tracks and escape routes of the notorious 15th and 16th century Border Reivers. The final section of your walk along the riverside paths of the Tweed meets its confluence at the River Teviot, past Kelso. From here, the path follows the River Teviot most of the way back to Jedburgh.

This walk is also an opportunity to explore the charming historic market towns of the Borders; Jedburgh, Selkirk, Melrose and Kelso, with its impressive Georgian buildings arranged around a cobbled market square. Melrose, is often cited as the loveliest of all the Borders towns, and at Melrose Abbey lies buried the casket containing the heart of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland and victor of Bannockburn.

Sights of historic Scottish interest are manifold along this route: Mary Queen of Scots’ House; Jedburgh Castle; the views of Floors Castle, a fairy-tale castle of turrets, and cupolas overlooking the Tweed; the shattered remains of Roxburgh Castle, once the strongest fortress in Scotland;  wonderful viewpoints of Black Law, the Bishop’s Stone and Cauldshiels Loch; and a visit to newly opened Abbotsford, the delightful “Conundrum Castle” built by Sir Walter Scott on the banks of the Tweed, all make this a walk to remember.

Path Walkthrough

Border Abbeys Way walk map
Our Borders Abbeys walking route takes you on a circular walk around the Scottish Borders, starting in Jedburgh

River banks, farm track and minor roads, with the going fairly gentle underfoot. Occasionally there are more strenuous sections following old cattle droving paths up the slopes, but these are generally rewarded with extensive views over the Eildon hills. Long stretches of this route are along the banks of the rivers Tweed and Teviot.

Your path begins where the Teviot and Tweed converge, breaking off from the confluence to follow the Tweed toward Hawick. Past the old gaol, this section up to Black Law is the largest ascent of the entire route, with further climbs up to Selwick. From here on the terrain is more level. Walking from Melrose to Kelso, the route follows the river Tweed, and its worth taking a detour at St Boswell's to visit The Temple of the Muses. Back into Jedburgh, the route follows alongside the river Teviot, before continuing along old railway line.

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Border Abbeys Way Walking Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Jedburgh to Jedburgh

Length: 69 miles/109 km | Difficulty: Easy

CodeDurationStart Price 
BAW17 nights, 6 days£600 (pp)View Itinerary
BAW26 nights, 5 days£525 (pp)View Itinerary
BAW38 nights, 7 days£675 (pp)View Itinerary

Our accompanying guide book describes the route from Jedburgh to Jedburgh. However, as this is a circular walk we are also very happy to start any of the itineraries at Melrose instead if preferred.

Jedburgh to Jedburgh

Seven nights, Six days
Holiday Code: BAW1
Price: £600 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
DayLocationsDistance
Day 8:Departure day
Day 1:Arrival day
Day 2:Jedburgh to Hawick14 miles/22.4km
Day 3:Hawick to Selkirk12 miles/19.2km
Day 4:Selkirk to Melrose10 miles/16km
Day 5:Melrose to St Boswells8 miles/12.8km
Day 6:St Boswells to Kelso12 miles/19.2km
Day 7:Kelso to Jedburgh13.5 miles/21.6km

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six walking days. Arrive in Jedburgh on day one, start walking from day two and depart from Jedburgh on morning of day eight

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Feb to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Jedburgh to Jedburgh

Six nights, Five days
Holiday Code: BAW2
Price: £525 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
DayLocationsDistance
Day 8:Departure day
Day 1:Arrival day
Day 2:Jedburgh to Hawick14 miles/22.4km
Day 3:Hawick to Selkirk12 miles/19.2km
Day 4:Selkirk to Melrose10 miles/16km
Day 6:St Boswells to Kelso18 miles/28.8km
Day 7:Kelso to Jedburgh13.5 miles/21.6km

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation with five walking days. Arrive in Jedburgh on day one, start walk from day two and depart from Jedburgh on morning of day seven

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Feb to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Jedburgh to Jedburgh

Eight nights, Seven days
Holiday Code: BAW3
Price: £675 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
DayLocationsDistance
Day 9:Departure day
Day 1:Arrival day
Day 2:Jedburgh to Denholm8 miles/12.8km
Day 3:Denholm to Hawick6 miles/9.6km
Day 4:Hawick to Selkirk12 miles/19.2km
Day 5:Selkirk to Melrose10 miles/16km
Day 6:Melrose to St Boswells8 miles/12.8km
Day 7:St Boswells to Kelso12 miles/19.2km
Day 8:Kelso to Jedburgh13.5 miles/21.6km

Itinerary Information: Eights accommodation with seven walking days. Arrive in Jedburgh on morning of day one, start walking from day two and depart from Jedburgh on morning of day nine

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Feb to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Accommodation provided in high standard B&Bs, farmhouses and small local inns, all with en-suite or private facilities
    • Breakfast included in price
    • Flexible itinerary with choice of daily distances to suit requirements
    • Walk pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning
    • Daily luggage transfers

    There is also an optional rest day to explore the local area at your leisure, where we will require a supplement of £45:00 per rest day.

  • Pricing Info.

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Rest Days: From £45.00 pp per night

    Recommended location for a rest day is Melrose.

    Solo person bookings: £30.00 per night

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements will apply.

    Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

  • Getting There

    Rail - The nearest railway station is located in Berwick upon Tweed: www.nationalrail.co.uk

    Bus – Local bus services to points on or closes to the Borders Abbey Way are available at: www.traveline.org.uk

    The bus from Berwick upon Tweed to Jedburgh takes just under 3 hours.

    A taxi transfer can be arranged from Berwick upon Tweed to Jedburgh (55 mins), at approximately £60.

  • Best Time to Travel

    This area is generally less exposed than other walks in the same area, but out on open moorland you may find it difficult to make quick progress in harsher weather conditions.

    Avoiding the winter months on this walk should put you in good stead to observe the abbeys on this route in all the glory, without having to contend with limited daylight hours.

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