Smailholm and Mellerstain

Walking Route

Smailholm and Mellerstain


This circular route from Smailholm follows paths and tracks passing through farmland, woodland and underneath the dramatic Smailholm Tower.

Smailholm Tower is managed by Historic Scotland and you can look inside (charges apply.) It is built on a crag that sits proud of the surrounding arable landscape.

Smailholm and Mellerstain are just over 7 miles west of Kelso on the B6397 road.

8mi / 13km
Total climb:
754ft / 230m
Total descent:
754ft / 230m
Towns along route:
Smailholm, Kelso
Difficulty notes:
Minor roads, grassy tracks and short sections of B class roads.
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

Smailholm is a small village spread over the B6397 Gordon to Kelso road. Today, it is best known for the 15th century Smailholm Tower.


Towns & Villages

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