Borderloop4 – Hawick

Cycling Route

Borderloop4 – Hawick


Head west from Hawick on the B711 through Roberton and on past Alemoor Reservoir and on to Tushielaw on the B709 and then north towards the Gordon Arms.

Then continue north along the ‘Paddy Slacks’ towards Traquair and Innerleithen. You may wish to follow the River Tweed direct to Galashiels or head north on the B709 to Heriot before returning south via Stow and to Langshaw towards Galashiels and on to Melrose avoiding the busy A7. Leave Melrose on the B6359 to the south via Bowden and Lilliesleaf before returning to Hawick.

Before heading off from Hawick spend some time visiting the Heart of Hawick or the local museum to get a flavour of the importance of the town in the Borders’ textile industry. Heading west and then north you will pass the Gordon Arms. On the outskirts of Innerleithen you can visit Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house which dates back to 1107. In Innerleithen you can visit St Ronan’s Well Visitor Centre and Robert Smail’s Workshop. You may wish to follow the River Tweed direct to Galashiels or head north in a loop to Heriot first. Old Gala House Museum & Art Gallery can be found in Galashiels before heading towards Melrose where you can visit one of the four Borders’ Abbeys, Priorwood Garden and Harmony Garden. Before you leave, don’t miss Abbotsford House, former home of Sir Walter Scott.

There are a number of typical passes between valleys on this loop, as well as some short sharp climbs between Melrose and Hawick.

80mi / 128.5km
Total climb:
7,610ft / 2,320m
Total descent:
7,610ft / 2,320m
Towns along route:
Difficulty notes:
Repeated long hilly stages including remote areas. High degree of self sufficiency required and some require multi-day/night trips.
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

Hawick is the largest of the Border towns with a long history stretching back to the 1100’s.