Borders Abbeys Way

Walking Route

Borders Abbeys Way


The Borders Abbeys Way links the four great ruined abbeys in the Borders’ region – Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose.

The route also follows The Rivers Tweed and Teviot and the waters Jed and Ale in part. The route is divided into five-six day walks, however, you can divide it into shorter sections to suit yourself. There are VisitScotland Information Centres (tourism information) in Jedburgh, Hawick Selkirk, Melrose and Kelso; the Jedburgh centre is open all year round. This route is one of Scotland’s Great Trails.

10.5mi / 17km
Total climb:
1,378ft / 420m
Total descent:
1,607ft / 490m
Towns along route:
Melrose, Kelso, Hawick, Galashiels
Difficulty notes:
Riverside paths, tracks,road, forest rides, farm fields, old railway lines and old drove roads.
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

The trail starts in Melrose beside the magical Eildon Hills.

Drumlanrig’s Tower - Hawick

Buildings, Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues

A recently restored 16th-century building


Towns & Villages

The large town of Kelso lies near to the meeting point of the River Tweed and the River Teviot.


Towns & Villages

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


Towns & Villages

Lying in the narrow valley of the Gala Water, Galashiels is one of the most popular towns in the Scottish Borders.