Bowhill’s Duchess’ Drive

Walking Route

Bowhill’s Duchess’ Drive


This circular through forest and hill within Bowhill’s lands is a most popular route due to its good terrain and great views; car parking charges apply.

Look out for the old stone bench and stone mile markers. Bowhill is part of the Duke of Buccleuch’s Estate and has been run as a country park for decades. The Duke and Duchess are sometimes in residence so please respect the owner’s privacy. There is a ranger service at Bowhill and a tearoom during the open season.

There are other shorter way-marked routes on Bowhill Estate that you may wish to follow if you are visiting their country park.

7mi / 11.5km
Total climb:
1,378ft / 420m
Total descent:
1,378ft / 420m
Towns along route:
Galashiels, Yarrowford
Difficulty notes:
Good tracks and roads. The route is waymarked by the estate with yellow arrows and blue/white horse route discs. Training shoes or strong shoes are recommended.
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

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


Towns & Villages

The village of Yarrowford lies the A708, 4 miles north-west of Selkirk, in the Ettrick Forest.