Long Distance Paths

Melrose is fortunate to have several long distance walking routes that either pass through or start / end in the town. Many of these routes are now promoted as ‘Scotland’s Great Trails’.
Map of local Long Distance Walking Routes

For route details click on the appropriate Way to open up a fresh window with the route website. These trails also offer the walker in Melrose the chance to enjoy a day or part day walk with the opportunity to return back to the town using local public transport links.

5 Linear Day Walks from Melrose

  1. Melrose to St Boswells or Maxton (St Cuthbert’s Way).
    Walk the first section of St Cuthbert’s Way over the Eildon Hills to Bowden village and on to the River Tweed to St. Boswells. Return by bus or continue along the Tweed to Maxton. Return by bus from St Boswells.
    Distance: 10km/6m to St Boswells; 14.5km (9m) to Maxton
  2. Melrose to Lauder (Southern Upland Way).
    Follow Southern Upland Way north across the Suspension Bridge and over Gattonside heights to Lauder. Return by bus down the A68 to Earlston and follow the Leader Water Path to Leaderfoot and return to Melrose via Newstead.
    Total Walk Distance: 24km/15m (Melrose to Lauder 16km/10m) >
  3. Selkirk to Melrose (Borders Abbeys Way).
    Take the bus (72) to Selkirk and walk back to Melrose on the Borders Abbeys Way following old drove road past Cauldshiels Loch and down to the River Tweed at Abbotsford. Explore the new Abbotsford Visitor Centre (refreshments) and continue along the riverside back to Melrose.
    Distance 16km/10m
  4. Melrose to Dryburgh (Borders Abbeys Way).
    Follow BAW past Newstead and The Rhymers Stone to Newtown and cross the River Tweed at Dryburgh. Visit Dryburgh Abbey and explore the Temple of the Muses and the Wallace Statue. Continue on BAW to Mertoun Bridge and cross the river to follow St Cuthbert’s Way back to St Boswells. Take Bus back to Melrose.
    Distance: 6.25km/4m to Dryburgh; 11.25km/7m to St Boswells by Mertoun Bridge.
  5. Melrose to Yair Bridge along the River Tweed.
    Follow BAW upstream along the riverside path past Lowood Bridge to the Redbridge Viaduct. Cross the river and follow Southern Upland Way past Galafoot (with Abbotsford on the opposite bank of the river). Continue following the river Tweed past Boleside and the old Tweed Bridge to the historic Yair Bridge. Return following SUW over the hill back to Galashiels and then bus (or walk) back to Melrose.
    Distance to Yair Bridge and Galashiels 17.5km/11m

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