Borders Ramble


A Flexible Walking Holiday in the Beautiful Scottish Borders

  • Plan your own route

  • No fixed start or finish point

  • Stay as long as you like

  • Choose from the best of Borders Walks

If you want the flexibility to plan your own itinerary, The Borders Ramble gives you the freedom to do just that. You decide when to start - on any day of the week - and can stay for as long as you want - from a quick weekend break to a 70 mile trek. You may want to try a demanding hill-top walk one day, then spend a couple of days exploring one of the ancient Borders Burghs, with a shorter walk to follow - or spend a week or ten days getting to know the different parts of this, one of Britain's largest unspoiled areas. Whatever you decide, the choice is yours. And remember that Make Tracks will arrange accommodation and luggage transfer, and provide written guides to every walk (in either direction).

To choose your route, look at the plan of the Borders Ramble and the summary table. Choose a starting point, and simply follow a route between the different overnight stops. You will see that there is a choice of more than one route between overnight stops, giving you the chance to walk by a different route in each direction. You can stay as many nights as you like in any location, and finish at any point on the network. When you have decided where you want to stay each night, fill in the booking form.

Getting There

From Edinburgh, there are regular bus services run by Firstgroup to all the Borders towns. There are also regular bus services run by Munros of Jedburgh, from Edinburgh (nos. 51 and 52), from Newcastle (no. 131), and from Berwick.


Route Descriptions

From To Description (all routes can be reversed)
Peebles Traquair (Innerleithen) An exhilarating high-level walk (521m) over the top of the Moorfoot Hills. (12m, 18k)
Peebles St Mary's Loch By an old drove road to the top of Birkscairn Hill (661metres), then downhill to an old lochside inn. (12m, 18k)
St Mary's Loch Traquair (Innerleithen) A good track over quite high ground with great views over the Tweed valley to the north, ending at the tiny village of Traquair. (12m, 18k)
Traquair (Innerleithen) Selkirk A fairly demanding but rewarding track, following a route over the Minch Moor (to 524m) taken by the 18th century cattle drovers on their way to the southern markets. Peace and solitude to enjoy some wonderful views. (14m, 22.5k)
Selkirk Galashiels Two short climbs (max 350m) over beautifully varied countryside, from mixed woodland and the banks of salmon-laden rivers to springy high pasture and heathery moors. Several pretty spots for a picnic and plenty of time to enjoy it. (10m, 16k)
Selkirk Melrose More fine views as you rise out of Selkirk and on to an old drove road, leading to Abbotsford, Scott's old home by the Tweed. From there, you follow the bank of this fine salmon river all the way to Melrose (10m, 16k)
Galashiels Melrose A varied walk over a mixture of moorland, back lanes, and pasture, linking with the Southern Upland Way through farmland and back to Tweedside. An optional shortcut gives you a choice of length of walk. (8m, 13k, or 11m, 17k)
Melrose Lauder A good path to start or finish your break. Waymarked all the way, this section travels an undulating route that was almost certainly engineered by the Romans, and is now part of the Southern Upland Way. (9m, 14.5k)
Melrose St Boswells A track through the picturesque Eildon Hills past a Roman fort, an Iron Age settlement, and a charming village. An undemanding walk, leaving time to climb to the top of the Eildons, and visit the ancient abbeys of Dryburgh and Melrose. (6m, 10k)
St Boswells Jedburgh A track following part of St Cuthbert's Way, on a delightful riverside walk and an old Roman road past a Woodland Centre with an excellent pinery, fine exhibitions on timber and its uses, and first-rate tea and scones. (12m, 19k)

Price from
£72 per person per nigh