The 2 day Bitesize itinerary from Galashiels to Eyemouth offers a great option for a weekend break on the Kirkpatrick C2C. This itinerary takes in two of the routes spurs, the first to include Galashiels and the second to include Duns. You will cycle along the river Tweed, enjoy some beautiful pastoral landscapes and even see some magnificent stately homes along the way before reaching the beautiful east coast at Eyemouth.

The suggested stops are of course just that, but you can pick and mix whichever are of most interest to you. Don’t be afraid to venture off the route to make the very most of your visit. Once you’ve had a taste of the Kirkpatrick C2C, we are sure that you’ll want to come back for more!

Day 1

Galashiels to Coldstream

The first day of your 2 day Bitesize itinerary of the Kirkpatrick C2C takes you from Galashiels to Coldstream. This largely flat stretch offers some undulations. Please note that the route does not go through Coldstream but passes nearby.  

Before setting off from Galashiels, make sure to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland a wonderful work of art which tells the story of Scotland. In nearby Melrose, you can discover its Roman heritage and the story of the largest Roman Fort found in Scotland at Trimontium Museum. Leaving Melrose, continue your journey along the River Tweed for most of the day. Crossing the river at Dryburgh, you will pass the atmospheric ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the resting place of Sir Walter Scott. Those keen to see an iconic Scottish Borders view can take a short detour to Scott’s View.

Continuing on to Kelso, take some time to stop at the many shops and cafes around Kelso Square. Alternatively, make a visit to Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the country, which overlooks the River Tweed. Then it is on towards Coldstream which lies close to the border with England, in years gone by, that often put it at the centre of conflict when armies crossed through the town.







Travel Time

1h 30min

Kirkpatrick C2C, Scottish Borders

Stop 1 - Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland was created and hand stitched by 1,000 people from across Scotland and comprises 160 panels. The Tapestry tells a compelling visual account of Scotland’s history, heritage and culture from its formation to present day. It is made up of 300 miles of wool, enough to lay the entire length of Scotland from the border with England to the tip of the Shetland in the North Atlantic!

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Stop 2 - Dryburgh Abbey

Wander around this remarkably complete medieval ruin by the River Tweed to grasp the appeal of monastic life. You can still see plaster and paintwork inside the chapter house dating from when it was built. Other fine examples of ecclesiastic architecture and masonry also remain – despite three fires and four attacks all but destroying the abbey buildings.

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Stop 3 - Scott's View

Scott’s View is probably the most famous view in the Borders. It was Sir Walter Scott’s favourite view and the story is told that when his funeral cortege was making its way to Dryburgh, the horses stopped, unbidden, at the spot – they were so used to stopping there during Scott’s visits to the area. The view takes in the Eildon Hills, the River Tweed and the original site of the Abbey at Melrose.

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Stop 4 - Floors Castle

The centrepiece of the beautiful Roxburghe Estate, Floors Castle is reputedly the largest house in Scotland and is still a home to this day. Just a short walk from the castle, you will find the spectacular Victorian Walled Gardens with glasshouses, herbaceous borders and a formal Millennium Garden. There are also waymarked woodland and riverside walks to explore, along with a cycle trail, Floors has so much to discover.

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The Square
location_on Kelso

Learn about the The Square and its magnificent surrounding buildings

Coldstream Museum
location_on Coldstream

At Coldstream Museum uncover the story Coldstream Guards and the town of Coldstream.

Day 2

Coldstream to Eyemouth via Duns Spur

The second stage of this 2 day Bitesize itinerary stretches from Coldstream to Eyemouth on the Berwickshire Coast taking you via the town of Duns. Though largely flat, this stretch of the route has a few smaller climbs before a descent to the coastal town of Eyemouth.

Setting off, the route takes you eastwards before heading northward off the core route towards the town of Duns. This Borders town is home to the Jim Clark Museum, celebrating the life and career of this world class racing driver. You can also visit Duns Castle Nature Reserve, which is a beautiful place for a stroll to stretch those tired legs!

Heading east from Duns, next stop, Paxton House, a neo-Palladian mansion set in an 80-acres estate with gardens, parklands and woodland, overlooking the river. From Paxton, it is a short final stretch to the coast.

Reaching Eyemouth, take in the fine coastal scenery. In the 18th century this was a centre for smuggling and Gunsgreen House, which overlooks the harbour, was long at the centre of this illicit trade. Explore the town on foot or see the coast by boat with trips available from the harbour. Whatever your plan now, make sure to enjoy the local offering: From fresh seafood to fish & chips and ice cream! 







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Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

Stop 1 - Jim Clark Motorsport Museum

This brand new interactive visitor attraction is a must-see for motor racing fans. It celebrates the life and career of one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, Jim Clark, Scotland’s first, and double, Formula One World Champion and Indy 500 winner. Explore his incredible career within the motor racing world and his life beyond farming in the Scottish Borders. Discover Jim’s cars and trophies, watch him race in films from the time, while the simulator will allow you to jump into the driving seat.

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Stop 2 - Duns Castle Nature Reserve

Duns Castle Nature Reserve is surrounded by mixed woodland with two man-made lochs; Hen Loch and Mill Dam. There are paths linking Hen Loch and Mill Dam with waterlillies and redmace growing along the bank. The Nature Reserve is a fine place to walk to see woodland flowers, breeding wildfowl, birds and butterflies with Duns Castle in the background. The best time to see wildflowers is from April to July.

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Stop 3 - Paxton House

Patrick Home of Billie, who had not long returned from Europe, built Paxton House on a new site high above the river Tweed from 1758. Patrick Home’s architects were John and James Adam, brothers of Robert Adam; the three were sons of Scotland’s premier architect William Adam. The three Adam brothers changed the face of British architecture. Enjoy a tour of this exquisite 18th century country house led by one of their friendly and knowledgeable guides.

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Stop 4 - Eyemouth

Eyemouth is a busy town with plenty to do, so is a great place for visitors to spend the day. The name Eyemouth name derives from its location at the mouth of the Eye Water River. This historic town is based around a natural harbour which means fishing has always been a central part of the Eyemouth community.

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Eyemouth Beach
location_on Eyemouth

The historic town of Eyemouth offers a sandy north-facing beach which is popular with residents and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Eyemouth Fort
location_on Eyemouth

Eyemouth Fort was the First Trace Italienne Fort in the UK. It has a rich history as it was built by the English and later taken over extended by the French!

Where to Stay

The Allanton Inn
location_on Allanton

7 bedroom country inn in the Scottish Borders with an award-winning Bar & Restaurant offering the best Borders hospitality & proudly promoting all things local.

Creel Cottage By The Sea Bed & Breakfast
location_on Burnmouth, Eyemouth

We offer self contained Bed and Breakfast, which is accessed from the external balcony, for up to 5 guests in 2 spacious bedrooms with a luxurious bathroom.

Coldstream Holiday Park
location_on Coldstream

A new holiday destination within the historic Borders town of Coldstream, Private Holiday Homes, Self Catering Breaks, Touring, Camping & Glamping.

Fauhope House
location_on Melrose

Fauhope Country House is a secluded, award-winning ‘5 star gold’ B&B near Melrose in the heart of the Scottish Borders offering our guests a luxurious getaway.