GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

John Buchan Way

14 miles (23 km)

A walk through the Scottish borders named after John Buchan, the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, who lived in the area.
The walk runs from Broughton to Peebles and passes the Broughton Hills, Stobo Castle, The Glack and Cademuir Hill. There are also regular views of the River Tweed to enjoy on this beautiful walk.
The route is waymarked with a JBW logo.

John Buchan Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

John Buchan Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

In Peebles you can pick up the Tweed Valley Railway Path and enjoy a walk or cycle along this multi user path. You can also access the excellent mountain bike trails and waymarked walks in the expansive Glentress Forest from the route.
In the town there's also the Neidpath Tunnel Walk. This will take you along the old railway line to the Neidpath Viaduct before entering the murky tunnel.
The Cross Borders Drove Road passes through Peebles too. It runs north to Harperrig Reservoir in the Pentland Hills or south to Hawick.


Footbridge over the Hollows Burn - - 342676

Footbridge over the Hollows Burn. This is a fairly new bridge on the John Buchan Way, a footpath running between Broughton and Peebles. It crosses the Hollows Burn just beside the ford indicated on the OS 1:50,000 map.

Path through the hills - - 342744

Path through the hills. The wooden post indicates the route of the John Buchan Way, seen here heading to the east between Broomy Side, rising on the left of the photo, and round the northern side of Hammer Head, seen on the right. In the distance is the peak of Penvalla (537m).

Gate and stile, John Buchan Way - - 572761

Gate and stile

Farmland near Peebles - - 1458488

Farmland near Peebles

Bellanrigg - - 1459871

Bellanrigg. Viewed from the trail as it traverses Cademuir Hill.

River Tweed bridge at Stobo - - 892204

River Tweed bridge at Stobo. Where the trail crosses the Tweed. The route next meets the river at Peebles.

John Buchan Way, Easter Dawyck - - 1863066

Easter Dawyck

Track through the hills - - 376304

This old track between Stobo and Broughton has become part of the trail. This view looks north-westwards towards Stobo Hopehead, with the peak of Green Law (565m) on the left.