Kirkpatrick C2C – Explorer Stage 7

Cycling Route

Kirkpatrick C2C – Explorer Stage 7


The seventh stage of the Kirkpatrick C2C takes cyclists eastwards, from Melrose towards Coldstream. This largely flat stretch offers some undulations as it follows the River Tweed.

Please note that the route does not go through Coldstream but passes nearby.

Before setting off from Melrose, take the time to explore its Roman heritage and the story of the largest Roman Fort found in Scotland at Trimontium Museum. Leaving the town, you continue your journey along the River Tweed for most of the day. Crossing the river at Dryburgh, you will pass perhaps the most atmospheric of the ruined abbeys. Surrounded by beautiful grounds, the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey are also 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. The story goes that the novelist’s horses were so accustomed to stopping at this location overlooking the Eildon Hills and River Tweed that they did so unbidden when Scott’s funeral cortege passed by. 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: The town lies close to the border with England, often putting it at the centre of conflict when armies crossed through the town. Coldstream gave its name to the regiment and The Coldstream Museum highlights its history.

27.5mi / 44km
Total climb:
1,673ft / 510m
Total descent:
1,771ft / 540m
Towns along route:
Melrose, Kelso, Coldstream
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

The picturesque town of Melrose is located next to the River Tweed at the foot of the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills.


Towns & Villages

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


Towns & Villages

The town of Coldsstream lies on the north bank of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.