Route Number 6
Eildon Hills Path - 6½ km / 4 miles


Route Map

The classic ‘hill walk’ up the Eildons from Melrose. Follow the Middle (Priors) walk to Newstead before climbing steeply to the broad summit of Eildon Hill North with a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Descend to the ‘saddle’ with options of climbing the other two hills, then return to the market square in Melrose by St. Cuthbert’s Way.

Start and Finish: Abbey car park Buccleuch Street.
Time: Allow 2 - 2½ hours
Terrain: Paths and tracks mainly. Some paths are narrow and can be muddy. Steep gradients on Eildon hill North. Boots are recommended.
Toilets: Abbey Street near car park.

"The Eildon Hills have so much to offer naturalists, historians, geologists or walkers who simply want to breathe the heather-scented air and enjoy the magnificent panarama of the Borders.
"Views form Berwick to Ettrick Pen and from Cheviot to Soutra encompass many of Sir Walter Scott's favourite haunts. All nature lovers and respecters of the countryside are welcome to these romantic hills which are so full of legend and history, and to share their delights with the grouse and roe deer, the fox and the skylark - all within a few minutes walk of Melrose Abbey."

Introduction by His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury (1976)
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Eildon Hill North with Mid Hill to left

Eildin Mid hill with Bowdenmoor Reservoir in foreground

Fuller details on this walk are contained within the "Paths around Melrose" publication. This can be purchased on line by following this link.




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