Borders Hilltops

Overview

A Luxury Short Walking Break in the Scottish Borders

A luxury short break in the Scottish Borders in any one of a number of excellent hotels in the Scottish Borders, is an ideal way to get away from it all. A choice of excellent walks each day, including short transfers to the start and from the finish of each walk. After each day on the hill, you can look forward to enjoying comfort, style, and fine dining in some of the best places to stay in the Scottish Borders. The break includes -

  • Dinner Bed and Breakfast in a superior double room in one of the several top quality hotels
  • Transfers to the start and from the end of each walk
  • Picnic lunch each walking day
  • All our usual written guides, OS maps and back up service

Choose from one of the following fine hotels - Burts Hotel in Melrose, The Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells, Caddon View Country Guest House in Innerleithen; all less than one hour from Edinburgh by public transport, and easy to get to by car. You could leave London on a Friday afternoon and still be on time for an evening meal! We can easily arrange transfers from Edinburgh airport or the bus and train station. You can expect great food (much of it locally sourced), and great Borders hospitality. Hotels with comfort and style but no fuss or formality. All you need to do is relax.

Prices will vary depending on location and the time of year. Please contact Make Tracks and we can advise on the best location and price to suit you.

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Borders Hilltops Innerleithen - Suggested Itinerary (4 Nights)

Day 1 Arrive Innerleithen Less than one hour from Edinburgh by public transport, and easy to get to by car.
Day 2 Yair to Innerleithen
(10m, 16k)
A short transfer by car, then a short but stiff climb (to 464 metres, 1,500 feet) taking you to a summit marked by the Three Brethren, massive cairns marking ancient local boundaries. Then a fine ridge walk on an ancient drove road (the Minchmoor Road), taking in a few more summits (to 523 metres, 1,700 feet), Then downhill to Traquair, and a short walk back across the Tweed to Innerleithen.
Day 3 Innerleithen to St Mary's Loch
(13m, 21k)
Another walk that takes in part of the Southern Upland Way. Walk through Traquair, then easy walking on good tracks (max height 475 metres, 1,600 feet). Then a short downhill section before a lovely walk along the banks of St Mary's Loch to your destination, the famouse old coaching house, Tibbie Shiels Inn - a great setting for a couple of drinks before your transfer back to Innerleiethen by car.
Day 4 Peebles to Innerleithen
(12m, 19k)
A 10 minute transfer by car - then another fine ridge walk, with views all the way to Edinburgh in good weather. Maximum height is 600m (2,000 feet), taking in several tops without dropping below 500m. The walk culminates at Lee Pen, the hill that dominates Innerleithen, leaving just a short descent to your comfortable accommodation there.
Day 5 Depart Innerleithen

Borders Hilltops Melrose - Suggested Itinerary (4 Nights)

Day 1 Arrive Melrose Less than one hour from Edinburgh by public transport, and easy to get to by car.
Day 2 St Boswells to Melrose
(7.5m, 12k)
A short transfer by car to the pretty village of St Boswells. Then to the 12th century Dryburgh Abbey, sitting in splendour in a long loop of the River Tweed, one of Scotland's best salmon rivers. From there you walk along the banks of the Maxpoffle and Bowden Burns, reaching the small village of Bowden. The last section takes you through the middle (or to the top if you choose) of the Eildon Hills (Trimontium to the Romans who had a fort on one of the summits) to Melrose, with its picturesque market square and another fine mediaeval Abbey.
Day 3 Melrose to Selkirk
(13m, 21k)
Another walk that takes in part of the Southern Upland Way. Walk through Traquair, then easy walking on good tracks (max height 475 metres, 1,600 feet). Then a short downhill section before a lovely walk along the banks of St Mary's Loch to your destination, the famous old coaching house, Tibbie Shiels Inn - a great setting for a couple of drinks before your transfer back to Innerleithen by car.
Day 4 Peebles to Innerleithen
(12m, 19k)
A 10 minute transfer by car - then another fine ridge walk, with views all the way to Edinburgh in good weather. Maximum height is 600m (2,000 feet), taking in several tops without dropping below 500m. The walk culminates at Lee Pen, the hill that dominates Innerleithen, leaving just a short descent to your accommodation.
Day 5 Depart Innerleithen

Borders Hilltops St Boswells- Suggested Itinerary (4 Nights)

Day 1 Arrive Innerleithen Less than one hour from Edinburgh by public transport, and easy to get to by car.
Day 2 Yair to Innerleithen
(10m, 16k)
A short transfer by car, then a short but stiff climb (to 464 metres, 1,500 feet) taking you to a summit marked by the Three Brethren, massive cairns marking ancient local boundaries. Then a fine ridge walk on an ancient drove road (the Minchmoor Road), taking in a few more summits (to 523 metres, 1,700 feet), Then downhill to Traquair, and a short walk back across the Tweed to Innerleithen.
Day 3 Innereleithen to St Mary's Loch
(13m, 21k)
Another walk that takes in part of the Southern Upland Way. Walk through Traquair, then easy walking on good tracks (max height 475 metres, 1,600 feet). Then a short downhill section before a lovely walk along the banks of St Mary's Loch to your destination, the famous old coaching house, Tibbie Shiels Inn - a great setting for a couple of drinks before your transfer back to Innerleithen by car.
Day 4 Peebles to Innerleithen
(12m, 19k)
A 10 minute transfer by car - then another fine ridge walk, with views all the way to Edinburgh in good weather. Maximum height is 600m (2,000 feet), taking in several tops without dropping below 500m. The walk culminates at Lee Pen, the hill that dominates Innerleithen, leaving just a short descent to your accommodation.
Day 5 Depart Innerleithen

As with all our holidays and short walking breaks, the itineraries can be adapted to suit your own specific needs. The suggested itineraries can easily be shortened to 2 or 3 nights, or extended for as long as you like (there are so many great walks in this area). Standard rooms are normally available as well as the advertised superior rooms - and please feel free to suggest any other local walks that you would prefer. We have written guides to just about everything in the area.

This break is available beyond the normal season to the end of October. In the months of April, May, and October, the prices are reduced considerably. Prices on application.

Getting There

If using public transport its easiest to get to Innerleithen via Edinburgh from most places (see our Maps & Getting Here page), From Edinburgh, there is a regular service (Firstbus no.62) from Peebles to Edinburgh).

By car, Innerleithen is about 45 minutes from Edinburgh, and about 2 hours from Newcastle or Carlisle.