Selkirk to Melrose

Walking Route

Selkirk to Melrose


This is one of five sections of the Borders Abbeys Way and climbs out of Selkirk to cross Selkirk Hill, which is a haven for wildlife and flowers.

The route gradually rises through farmland to Cauldshiels Loch by using one of the Borders ancient drove roads. A short road section descends down to the River Tweed by Abbotsford House, where the route follows the south bank of the river to Melrose.

This circular route also follows The Rivers Tweed and Teviot and the waters Jed and Ale in part. The multi-day route is divided into five sections, however, you can divide it into sections to suit yourself. There is a regular bus service between Selkirk and Melrose (service 72) running hourly Monday to Saturday and a few on Sundays. The journey time between Selkirk and Melrose is about 15 minutes.

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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.

Cauldshiels loch - Melrose

Low Level Walks

A small loch, wooded on its north shore and a great habitat for birdlife. Folklore records that the loch is home to a bogle in…

Abbotsford - Melrose

Visitor Attractions

Featured in the film 'Eisfieber' (White Out)


Towns & Villages

The trail starts in Melrose beside the magical Eildon Hills.

Melrose Abbey - Melrose

Visitor Attractions

Melrose Abbey was founded around 1136 by King David I and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The Border abbeys were centres of learning, politics,…