This town in the Scottish Borders is a fine place for walkers with an historic abbey, riverside trails and nearby hill climbs to enjoy.
This circular walk from the town uses sections of the Borders Abbeys Way and the St Cuthbert's Way to visit the Eildon Hills and Dryburgh Abbey. There's some fascinating historical sites, great views from the high points and easy riverside trails to enjoy on the varied walk.
The walk starts in the town at the historic Melrose Abbey. The abbey was founded in 1136 as the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland. You can explore the atmospheric ruins and find out more about the history in the associated museum.
At the abbey you can pick up St Cuthbert's Way and follow the waymarked footpath south into the Eildon Hills. You'll pass the 422 metre high Eildon Mid Hill before passing through Broad Wood and arriving at Bowden. Here the path turns east to take you through Newton St Boswells where you cross the River Tweed. A riverside path heading south will then take you to Dryburgh Abbey. It's a very picturesque spot with the remarkably complete medieval ruin located by the River Tweed.
Retrace your steps to Newton St Boswells and you can pick up the Borders Abbeys Way and follow it north through Eildon to the Eildontree Stone. Shortly after you arrive back in Melrose.
PostcodeTD6 9LG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Melrose
- Eildon Hills - This circular walk climbs to a series of wonderful viewpoints above the town of Melrose on the Scottish Borders
- Kelso - This town in the Scottish Borders is a fine place for riverside walking.
- Borders Abbeys Way - Explore the Scottish Borders and visit several historical ruined abbeys on this interesting and beautiful circular walk
- St Cuthbert's Way - This walk runs from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to Lindisfarne Castle and Holy Island
- Southern Upland Way - This splendid route is one of the four official Long Distance Routes in Scotland and is Britain's first official coast to coast long distance foot-path
- Leaderfoot Viaduct - This walk takes you to the impressive Leaderfoot Viaduct in Melrose on the Scottish Borders
- Stichill Linn - This walk visits the pretty Stichill Linn Waterfall in the Scottish Borders near Kelso.
- Jedburgh - This lovely town in the Scottish Borders has some interesting historic sites and some fine riverside footpaths.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head south from the town to visit nearby Jedburgh and explore the 12th century abbey ruins and enjoy a stroll alond the Jed Water river.