GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Borders Abbeys Way

67 miles (108 km)

Explore the Scottish Borders and visit several historical ruined abbeys on this interesting and beautiful circular walk. You'll visit Kelso Abbey, Melrose Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey and Jedburgh Abbey while there is also a waterside section along the River Teviot and views of the Eildon Hills to enjoy.
For the cycling equivalent of the route see the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route. The circular trail uses a series of quiet country lanes to visit the same 4 abbeys. Most of the route is also suitable for walkers.

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Borders Abbeys Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Borders Abbeys Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At Harrietfield, near Kelso the path passes close to the Stichill Linn waterfall. The lovely falls are well worth a small diversion from the route.
The Cross Borders Drove Road can be linked with in Hawick. It runs north to West Linton, Peebles and Traquair before finishing near Harperrig Reservoir in the Pentland Hills.
Near Jedburgh you will pass Harestanes where you can climb to the Waterloo Monument on Peniel Heugh hill and enjoy some fine views of the area. The Georgian Monteviot House and Gardens is also located in this area.
Just to the south west of Harestanes there's Fatlips Castle where you can enjoy a climb to a splendid 16th century peel tower and enjoy wonderful views over Teviotdale.
Hawick is also the start/finish point for the Romans and Reivers Route. This 52 mile route follows the old Roman Roads to the Ae Forest near Moffat.


Borders Abbeys Way signpost - - 2292172

Borders Abbeys Way signpost

Rough grazing on Black Law - - 751118

Rough grazing on Black Law. To the southwest of Black Law summit with a Borders Abbeys Way route marker in the foreground. The hill beyond the marker post is Rubers Law.

Clintmains - - 175348

Clintmains. A small village lying very close to the River Tweed just to the East of Newtown St Boswells.

The River Teviot - - 773929

The River Teviot Viewed from Roxburgh Viaduct with the track on the left forming part of the Way.

Cauldshiels Loch - - 572842

Cauldshiels Loch. The area around the loch is popular with walkers and the path on the northeast bank is part of the Way. This small loch is also popular with anglers in search of pike and perch. Viewed on a fine October day.

Walkers on Murieston Hill - - 693973

Walkers on Murieston Hill. To the west of Haining Loch and part of the way.

Roxburgh Viaduct - - 771871

Roxburgh Viaduct. Viewed from the Way on a fine April day. This bridge carried the St Boswells to Kelso branch railway line over the River Teviot, but it was closed in 1964. The six segmental central spans are curved and skewed, with four semicircular arches either side. A footbridge is attached to the north side of the bridge.

The Borders Abbey Way at Woll Golf Course, Ashkirk - - 2155390

Woll Golf Course, Ashkirk