Tweedside Walk


An 8 Day (7 Nights) Walk in the Beautiful Scottish Borders

Walk with Make Tracks to discover one Scotland's most beautiful hidden corners - clean air, rolling hills, forests, fast flowing rivers, towns and villages steeped in history. Includes two superb ridge walks without the effort of major climbs to reach the tops.

Getting There

From Edinburgh, there is are regular bus services to Jedburgh run by Munros of Jedburgh, from Edinburgh (nos. 51 and 52), from Newcastle (no. 131), and from Berwick (with a change at Kelso).

At the end of the walk, there is a regular service (no. 62) from Peebles to Edinburgh, run by Firstgroup (see timetable).

On the borders hills

Tweedside Walk - Suggested Itinerary (7 Nights)

Day 1 Arrive Jedburgh A good bus service from Edinburgh or Newcastle. Take time to visit the 12th century abbey
Day 2 Jedburgh to St Boswells
(12m, 19k)
By the Rivers Teviot and Tweed and a Roman road
Day 3 St Boswells to Melrose
(7.5m, 12k)
By the 12th century Dryburgh Abbey in a loop of the River Tweed, then through the Eildon Hills.
Day 4 Rest Day in Melrose Explore the prettiest village in the Borders, with another ancient abbey and a relaxing pace of life
Day 5 Melrose to Selkirk
(7.5m, 12k)
An ancient cattle drovers road, and a chance to visit the home of Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford
Day 6 Selkirk to Innerleithen
(13m, 21k)
A fine high level ridge walk on an old drove road
Day 7 Innerleithen to Peebles
(13m, 21k)
Another high level ridge walk, with great views all across Lothian and the Borders
Day 8 Depart Peebles Only 30 minutes by bus from Edinburgh

Price for this itinerary from
£500 per person
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)

As with all our walks, we can adapt the itinerary to suit you. If you would like to walk shorter or longer distances each day, have a fixed timetable that doesn't match the suggested itinerary, or would like to stay at other overnight stops, just let us know and we will try to arrange things to meet your requirements.

The holiday starts at Jedburgh, which is easily reached by carfrom the ferry ports or by bus from Edinburgh. The town has its origins in the 12th century when monks started to build the Abbey which still dominates the town. A night in Jedburgh is followed by a day's walk (12 miles) along the banks of 3 different rivers, and on what was once a Roman road to the old market town of St. Boswell's, where youwill spend the second night.

The next day, you start off along the River Tweed to Dryburgh Abbey in its magnificent setting in one of the many loops in this fine salmon river. From here you follow the Maxpoffle Burn to the picture postcard village of Bowden, then through the Eildon Hills (a couple of the tops are well worth a detour of an hour or so) before arriving at Melrose. Two nights in Melrose gives you the chance to explore this old town, probably the most beautiful in the area, with some good pubs and restaurants as well as the Abbey. Next days walk follows the riverside and an old drove road past Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott which you can visit en-route.

Night 5 is in the old weaving town of Selkirk, still with its mediaeval street pattern in the town centre. The next day's walk is a bracing 14 miles over the Minch Moor Road (now an excellent path, but once used by Kings and cattle drovers alike). Today gives you some of the best views of the week, before spending the 6th night at Traquair or nearby Innerleithen, with the chance to visit Traquair House, Scotland's oldest continually inhabited house. The last day you have another high level walk (12 miles), including Lee Pen, the highest peak hereabouts, to Peebles, where you will spend the last night. Peebles is a bustling and charming small town with good public transport to Edinburgh.