We offer three itineraries on the Borders Abbeys Way, which are detailed on the right and made up of the following sections.
You can reach Jedburgh easily from either Edinburgh or Newcastle. There are frequent buses from Edinburgh (approx 2 hrs) and Newcastle (approx 1hr 30 mins). Arrive early and visit the medieval Jedburgh Abbey with its stunning setting overlooking the Jed water.
Stage 1: Jedburgh to Hawick
A steep climb out of Jedburgh town soon leads into open fields where rich country side walking prevails. The walking is very varied, primarily through farmland with another steep section up the side of Merlin Wood into Black Law, the highest section of the walk. The village of Denholm makes for a great stop on this first section of the walk.
Stage 2: Hawick to Selkirk
After visiting Hawick, the largest town in the borders, the walk continues to Selkirk starting off with a steady climb up the side of Drinkstone Hill. Forest walking follows then the route drops down to the valley of the Ale Water. You then follow the old ‘thief’ road to Wollrig and eventually you reach the highest point at Hartwoodmyres Forest . As you enter Selkirk at the West Port, take time to explore this Ancient and Royal Burgh.
Stage 3: Selkirk to Melrose
As you head out of Selkirk, it’s not long before you cross Selkirk Hill which is a haven for wildlife and flowers. Orchids, mountain pansies and harebell can all be spotted in the summer months. The path gradually rises through farmlands and drove roads to Cauldshields Loch where you can get fantastic views over the Eildon Hills. Abbotsford House, where Sir Walter Scot used to live in the 1800’s is worth a visit on this section of the walk. From here the route follows the south bank of the river into Melrose.
Stage 4: Melrose to Kelso
Melrose is steeped in history with its impressive Abbey ruins and the river tweed running through, famous for its salmon fishing. This section of walking is fairly tough at 18 miles but can be split into two days with a stop in St Boswells. This will give you time to take in the sights and the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey. St Cuthbert’s Way markers will be noticeable as this follows the first section of this long distance walk. The walking is relatively flat and on easy terrain but a long day if you are walking the full 18 miles.
Stage 5: Kelso to Jedburgh
The final section of the walk is fairly flat and easy, following the river Teviot most of the way to Jedburgh. There is one climb towards the end of the section along the Roman Road (Dere Street) and then a gradual descent follows into Jedburgh. The majestic abbey ruins are a welcome sight as you finish this wonderful circular walking holiday through the borders towns.
We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s on this walk to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.
This walk is available to solo walkers at a supplement. Please note that singles may not be of the same standard as twins/doubles.
We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the itinerary, but because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location. Alternative details will be noted on your accommodation sheet.
Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation by our baggage handlers. We ask you limit your luggage to one bag of 18Kg
Getting to/from Jedburgh
You can reach Jedburgh easily from either Edinburgh or Newcastle. There are frequent buses from Edinburgh (approx 2 hrs) and Newcastle (approx 1hr 30 mins). The best point of reference for travel details is the travel line website. www.traveline.org.uk
If you are travelling by air then the closest airports are Newcastle and Edinburgh, Jedburgh doesn't have a train station so you will need to catch a bus here.
There is parking available in Jedburgh, the Canongate car park has just been extended and provides free long stay parking for cars. There is another car park which is by the Abbey called the Glebe car park and offers free parking aswell. Some of the B&B’s we use in Jedburgh also have parking available.
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other specific questions about the walk.
How fit do I need to be?
We offer a range of itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance so hopefully you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this walk is extremely popular especially in the summer months. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.
When is the best time of year?
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
Am I able to take my dog?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
You can start the walk on any date from March to October, subject to availability. To make a provisional reservation select "Book" for the itinerary you are interested in.
Option prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.
Because every trip we book is unique availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:
- You provisionally book the tour you are interested in for your preferred dates and pay a 20% deposit online or by phone.
- We confirm availability and book all your accommodation and options and send final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (max 5 working days).
- If we are unable to accommodate you on your confirmed dates/tour or an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.
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- Hand picked accommodation in charming B&B's, guesthouses and small country hotels.
- A detailed pre-departure infromation pack, guide book and maps for your party so you can follow the walk every step of the way.
- Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
- Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
- Travel Insurance and Personal Equipment.
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
- Single room supplement.
- Additional nights before, during or after your walk.