Gattonside Circular

Walking Route

Gattonside Circular


A short circular following the Southern Upland Way in part and crossing the River Tweed over the attractive Chain Bridge.

The Chain Bridge was built in 1826 with a restriction placed on it that only 8 people were allowed on it at any one time; swinging the bridge was an offence. Gattonside is situated on a south slope so the monks had their orchards here.

3.5mi / 5.5km
Total climb:
394ft / 120m
Total descent:
394ft / 120m
Towns along route:
Melrose, Gattonside
Difficulty notes:
Minor roads and mostly good paths, although some stretches could be muddy after rain. Often flat, but with one moderate climb. Boots or walking shoes are recommended.
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

The trail starts in Melrose beside the magical Eildon Hills.


Towns & Villages

The small village of Gattonside lies on the north side of the River Tweed, just 1 kilometre north of Melrose.